Chapter 25 ZONING ORDINANCE.
Article 3. Definitions.
Sec. 25-3-10. Definitions.
For the purpose of this chapter, certain terms and words are herewith
defined as follows:
"Accessory building" means a detached building located
on the same lot with the principal (main) building, the use of which is normally
incidental and entirely secondary to that of the principal building.
bookstore" means a building or portion thereof with a retail sales use having a
substantial or significant portion of its stock books, magazines or other
periodicals which are distinguished or characterized by their emphasis on matter
explicitly depicting, describing or relating to "specified sexual
"Adult motion picture theater" means a building or portion
thereof or area, enclosed or open, used for the presentation to the public of
motion pictures distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matters
explicitly depicting, describing or relating to "specified sexual
"Agent of owner" means any person who can show written proof
that he is acting for the property owner.
"Alley" means a public
thoroughfare less than thirty feet in width, which affords only a secondary
means of access to abutting property.
"Appeal board" means the city council
shall be the "appeal board" for appeals from the decisions of the planning
"Auto dismantling and wrecking establishments" means the
business of dismantling or wrecking of used motor vehicles or trailers and sale
"Basement" means a story partly or wholly underground. See
"Boarding or rooming house" means a dwelling where rooms are rented
to paying guests, who may be provided with meals. The term boarding house shall
include rooming house.
"Building" means any structure having a roof
supported by columns or walls for the housing or enclosure of persons, animals
Building, Height of. "Height of building" means the vertical
distance measured from the average level of the highest and lowest point of that
portion of the lot covered by the building to the top most point of the roof
excluding chimneys, elevators, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, and
"City council" means the city council of the city of
"Commission" means the planning commission of the city of
"Condominium" means real property consisting of an undivided
interest in common in a portion of a parcel of real property together with a
separate interest in space in a multi-unit building on the real
"Construction office (job shack)" means a temporary structure or
trailer placed on or adjacent to a project site for the duration of
construction. May include a construction materials yard.
"Court" means an
open unoccupied space, on the same lot with a building or buildings and bounded
on two or more sides by such building or buildings.
"Day care center" means
a facility licensed to regularly provide care, protection and supervision in a
facility which is not the provider’s home.
"Density" means the ratio
between dwelling units and land, expressed as the number of dwelling units per
acre, or as square feet of land required per dwelling unit.
means a density increase not to exceed twenty-five percent over the otherwise
allowable residential density in that zone. See Section
"Department" means the community development
"Director" means the community development
District. See "Zone."
"Dwelling" means any building or portion
thereof designed or used exclusively for residential occupancy.
Duplex. "Duplex dwelling" means a building designed for occupancy by two
families living independently of each other located on a single parcel of
Dwelling, Multiple-Family. "Multiple-family dwelling" means a building
or portion thereof designed for occupancy by three or more families living
independently of each other located on a single parcel of land.
Single-Family Attached. "Single-family attached dwelling," means a dwelling unit
designed exclusively for occupancy by one family and attached to one or more
similar units located on separate parcels of land. See "Split lot
Dwelling, Single-Family Detached. "Single-family detached dwelling"
means a detached building designed exclusively for occupancy by one
"Dwelling unit" means one or more rooms and a single kitchen area
designed for occupancy by one family for living and sleeping
"Factory-built home" means a residential building constructed in
conformance with the state of California Factory-Built Housing Code. A
factory-built home shall not be deemed to include a mobile home or manufactured
home as defined in this section.
"Family" means one or more persons
occupying a premises and living as a single housekeeping unit, as distinguished
from a group occupying a boarding house, lodging house, or hotel, as herein
Floor Area, Gross. "Gross floor area" means the total interior
floor area of all stories of a building or structure, including basements, as
well as above ground stories, interior balconies and mezzanines.
Net. "Net floor area" means the total interior floor area of all stories of a
building or structure, excluding corridors, hallways, stairways, balconies,
breezeways, elevators, restrooms, closets, vaults, garages, carports, and other
similar space used by all occupants of a building rather than by any individual
"Foster home" means a facility licensed to regularly provide care,
protection and supervision to children in the licensees home on a twenty-four
hour basis for varying periods of time. See "Residential care
"Frontage" means the property line of a site abutting on a
Frontage, Lot or Parcel. "Lot of parcel frontage" means the portion
of property that abuts one side of a public street which allows primary access
to the property. The public street frontage for residential lots fronting on a
curved street, or on the curved portion of a cul-de-sac street, shall be
measured along a chord located twenty feet from the edge of the street
right-of-way, provided that the frontage at the street right-of-way is not less
than forty feet. Two-car garages shall be required for all units measuring the
minimum lot width at the setback.
Garage, Repair. "Repair garage" means a
building, or portion thereof used for the commercial repair maintenance or
painting of motor vehicles.
"Garage or Yard Sale" means a sale conducted
from any location on the premises of a residence in any kind of residential zone
for the purpose of permitting occupants of that residence to dispose of their
personal property accumulated during the course of ordinary residential living
to sell the same to the public.
"Gross acreage" means the gross area of a
parcel of land measured to the center lines of abutting streets or
"Guest house" means living quarters within an accessory building for
use by temporary guests of the occupants of the premises, having no kitchen or
cooking facilities and not rented or otherwise used as a separate
Halfplex. See "Split lot duplex."
"Home occupation" means any
accessory use conducted entirely within a dwelling, accessory building or
swimming pool, and carried on by the inhabitants thereof, which use is clearly
incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for residential purposes and
does not change the character thereof or adversely affect the uses permitted in
the residential zone of which it is part. (See Section 25-21-45).
means a facility staffed and equipped to provide various types of hospital care,
which is licensed under the provisions of Section 238 or 237, respectively of
Title 17 of the California Administrative Code, or amendments
"Hotel or motel" means a building or portion thereof or a group of
attached or detached buildings containing individual guest rooms or suites where
lodging is provided for transients for compensation.
"Junk or salvage yard"
means a site or portion of a site on which waste, discarded or salvaged
materials are bought, sold, exchanged, stored, baled, cleaned, packed,
disassembled or handled, excepting an auto dismantling and wrecking
establishment as defined in this section.
"Landscaping" means plantings,
including trees, shrubs, lawn, flowers, and ground covers, suitably designed,
selected, installed and maintained. May include rock, fountains, pools, screens,
walls, fences, benches, walkways, and concrete plazas.
"Loading space" means
an off-street space or berth on the same lot with a building or contiguous to a
group of buildings, for the temporary parking of a commercial vehicle while
loading or unloading merchandise or materials, and which abuts upon a street,
alley or other appropriate means of access.
"Lot" means a parcel of land
shown on a subdivision map, parcel map or record of survey map or described by
metes and bounds and recorded in the office of the county recorder of Yolo
County, and/or a building site in one ownership having an area for a building or
buildings, together with such yards, open spaces, or width, and lot areas as are
required by this chapter, and have frontage upon a public street, road or
highway (other than an alley), unless otherwise approved.
"Lot area" means
the total horizontal net area within the lot lines of a lot or parcel exclusive
of streets, highways, roads, and alleys.
Lot, Corner. "Corner lot" means a
lot situated at the intersection of two or more streets having an angle of
intersection of not more than one hundred thirty-five degrees.
coverage" means the area of a lot occupied by buildings. It shall not include
fences, walls, hedges, swimming pools, or uncovered patios.
means the horizontal distance between the front and rear lot lines measured on
the longitudinal center line.
Lot, Flag. "Flag lot" means a lot so shaped
and designed that the main building site area does not have street frontage, but
is connected to the street by a strip of land which is used for access
Lot, Interior. "Interior lot" means a lot other than a corner
Lot, Key. "Key lot" means the first interior lot to the rear or a
reversed corner lot.
Lot Line, Front. "Front lot line" means in the case of
an interior lot, a line separating the lot from the street right-of-way. In the
case of a corner lot, the owner may choose which street he shall designate as
the front of the lot. Once the choice of frontage has been made, it cannot be
changed unless all requirements for yard space are complied with.
Rear. "Rear lot line" means a lot line which is opposite and most distant from
the front lot line or, in the case of an irregular or triangular shaped lot, a
line ten feet in length within the lot, parallel to and at the maximum distance
from the front lot line.
Lot Line, Side. "Side lot line" means any lot
boundary line not a front lot line or a rear lot line.
Lot, Reversed Corner.
"Reversed corner lot" means a corner lot the side street line of which is
substantially a continuation of the front lot line of the first lot to its
Lot, Through. "Through lot" means a lot having frontage on two
parallel or approximately parallel streets.
"Lot width" means the horizontal
distance between the side lot lines, measured at right angles to the lot depth
at a point midway between the front and rear property lines.
Home. For purposes of this chapter, a "manufactured home" is the same as a
mobile home as defined in this section.
"Mini mart" means a convenience
store which sells snacks, groceries, personal items, and personal services
typically associated with the sale of gasoline and/or sale of alcoholic
beverages and open fourteen to twenty-four hours a day. Building size typically
range between one thousand five hundred square feet and five thousand square
"Mini-storage/warehouse facility" means a building or group of
buildings in a controlled-access and fenced compound that contains varying sizes
of individual, compartmentalized, and controlled-access stalls or lockers for
the dead storage of customer’s goods or wares.
commercial/residential development" means a development that involves structures
that include both residential and retail and/or office uses. A mixed-use
commercial/residential development shall only be permitted if there are no
residential units located on the ground floor.
"Mobile home" means a
transportable structure built on a chassis for future movement, and designed to
be used as a dwelling, with or without a permanent foundation, when connected to
the required utilities, and intended for occupancy by one family. No such
structure shall be deemed to be a mobile home which is less than eight feet in
width for a single section, and not less than thirty-two feet in length for at
least one section.
"Mobile home park" means a facility designed and equipped
in accordance with the requirements of Section 25-21-50 and applicable state
laws for the accommodation of occupied mobile homes.
building" means a building or structure or portion thereof lawfully existing at
the time of the adoption of this chapter, and which does not conform to the
applicable regulations of this chapter. Includes any building or structure or
portion thereof lawfully existing in an area annexed to the city at the time of
such annexation, and which does not conform to the applicable regulations of
"Nonconforming use" means a use which lawfully occupies a
building or land at the time of the adoption of this chapter, and which does not
conform to the applicable regulations of this chapter. Includes any use which
lawfully occupies any building or land in an area annexed to the city at the
time of such annexation, and which does not conform to the applicable
regulations of this chapter.
"Nursing and convalescent home" means a
facility providing bed care, or chronic or convalescent care for persons who by
reason of illness, physical infirmity, or age are unable to properly care for
themselves. A facility shall be deemed to be a nursing and convalescent home for
the purpose of this chapter, notwithstanding the designation applied to the
facility by the operator, or any federal, state or local regulatory agency, such
as hospital or rest home, so long as the facility provides care as herein
described, and does not qualify as a hospital as defined in this
"Occupant load" means as defined and determined in Chapter 33,
Uniform Building Code.
"Parking area" means a permanently surfaced open
area, other than a street or alley, used for the parking of motor vehicles,
either free, for compensation, or as an accommodation for resident, clients, or
customers. See Article 23.
"Parking space" means a permanently surfaced
space, directly accessible to a driveway, street, or alley, exclusive of access,
driveways, ramps or maneuvering areas, designed or used for the parking of one
motor vehicle. See Article 23.
"Permitted uses" means and includes
principal, conditional and accessory uses.
"Plan lines" means officially
established right-of-way lines for future streets or for the extension or
widening of existing streets within which the construction of structures is
"Planned development (PUD)" means an integrated development
consisting of a building or group of buildings situated on a site in such a
manner that each unit may be sold separately from all other units, and where all
owners of units may also own an interest in recreation facilities, parking
facilities, open space, or any combination thereof along with appurtenant
"Public and quasi-public uses" means these include such uses as
cemeteries, corporation yards, fire stations, hospitals, parks, public utility
distribution sub-stations, communication equipment buildings,
"Recreational vehicle" means a motor home, travel trailer, truck
camper, or camping trailer, with or without motor power, designed for human
habitation for recreational or emergency occupancy with a living area of less
than two hundred twenty square feet excluding built-in equipment.
retail center" means a regional-oriented retail shopping center at least twenty
acres in size and located adjacent to an interstate freeway.
care home" means a state authorized, certified, or licensed family care home,
foster home, or group home serving six or fewer mentally disordered or otherwise
handicapped persons or dependent and neglected children on a twenty-four hour
"Roadside stand" means a temporary structure designed or used for the
display or sale of agricultural products.
Shelter, Fallout. "Fallout
shelter" means a structure or portion of a structure intended to provide
protection to human life during periods of danger to human life and nuclear
fallout, air raids, storms, or other emergencies.
Signs. See Article
"Specified sexual activities" means:
(a) The display or manipulation
of human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal;
(b) Acts of
human masturbation, sexual intercourse or sodomy; or
(c) Fondling or other
erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttock or female
"Split lot duplex" means a dwelling unit designed exclusively for
occupancy by one family and attached to one other similar unit located on
separate parcels of land. See "Dwelling, single-family attached."
means a detached accessory building for the shelter of houses or other hoofed
"Story" means that portion of a building included between the
surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above, or if there is no
floor above, the ceiling or roof above it. If the finished floor level directly
above a basement or cellar is more than six feet above grade, such basement or
cellar shall be considered a story.
"Street" means a public thoroughfare
thirty feet or more in width, other than an alley, which affords the principal
means of access to abutting property.
"Structural alterations" means any
change in the supporting members of a building or structure such as bearing
walls, columns, beams, girders or rafters.
"Structure" means anything
constructed or erected which requires location on the ground or attached to
something having location on the ground, including swimming pools, but not
including fences or walls used as fences seventy-two inches in height or
"Temporary tract office" means a temporary sales office located on
the site of a new development, usually in a model home, and operated until sales
Travel Trailer. See "Recreational vehicle."
trailer park" means a facility designed and equipped in accordance with the
requirements of Section 25-21-50 and applicable state laws, for the
accommodation of travel trailers, motor homes and recreational vehicles on a
"Truck Terminal" means a facility for the loading and/or
unloading of fuel, food products, materials or merchandise, and may include the
fueling, repair, service, and temporary storage of trucks and
"Use" means the purpose for which a lot or structure is or may be
leased, occupied, maintained, arranged, designed, intended, constructed,
erected, moved, altered, or enlarged.
Use, Accessory. "Accessory use" means
a use incidental and accessory to the principal use of a lot or building located
on the same lot.
Use, Conditional. "Conditional use" means a use which may
be suitable only in specific locations in a zoning district or only if such use
is designed or laid out on the site in a particular manner.
means a permit approved by the planning commission for any use listed as a
conditional use in that zone.
Use Permit, Minor. "Minor use permit" means a
permit approved by the zoning administrator.
Use, Principal Permitted.
"Principal permitted use" means a permitted use not requiring a conditional use
permit in that zone.
"Yard" means an open space other than a court on the
same lot with a building, unoccupied and unobstructed from the ground upward,
except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
Yard, Front. "Front yard"
means a yard extending across the full width of the lot measured between the
front property line and the nearest vertical support or wall of the main
Yard, Rear. "Rear yard" means a yard extending across the full
width of the lot measured between the rear property line and the nearest
vertical support or wall of the main building.
Yard, Side. "Side yard" means
a yard extending from the front yard to the rear yard measured between the side
lot line and the nearest vertical support or wall of the main
"Zone" means a portion of the territory of the city within which
certain uniform regulations and requirements, or various combinations thereof
apply, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
means the officer designated to perform the duties and exercise the powers of
the zoning administrator as set forth in this chapter or the designated
representative of such officer.
"Zoning administrator permit" means a minor
conditional use permit approved by the zoning administrator. (Amended during the
March 2009 supplement.)