Retaining walls require building permits. However, freestanding walls and/or fences six (6) feet or less in height which are located within the required side and rear yard setback area, or four (4) feet or less in the required front yard setback area, do not require a building permit.
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A Custom Home Design Review is required for:
1. A new residential construction, and/or
2. Any addition/remodel that increases the existing square footage of legally existing structures on-site by 50% or more. For example, the combined square footage of an existing 900-square foot home and an existing 400-square foot detached garage is 1300-square feet; therefore, an addition of 650-square feet or more would require a design review.
Second Dwelling Units, also knowns as Accessory Dwelling Units (an attached or detached separate dwelling unit intended for occupancy by an individual or a family in addition to an existing primary single family dwelling unit), are allowed within the City based on meeting the requirements as listed in Section 16.10.020.d of the City's Development Code.
Temporary signs are only permitted for grand openings and special events. See the Temporary Banners/Flags Information and Application on the website.
Second dwelling units, or Accessory Dwelling Units, do not require Conditional Use Permits, however, they shall comply with Chapter 16.02 and Chapter 16.10 of the Development Code, and Ordinance No. 321.
The City does not administer a first time home buyer program but is part of the HOME Consortium with the County of San Bernardino Department of Community Development and Housing (CDH). Through this program, which is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), CDH is able to offer various affordable housing programs including purchase assistance programs in Chino Hills. For more information on purchase assistance programs please call 909-501-0600, email at email@example.com, or visit the website.
You can find zoning information using the City's GIS interactive map. Enter your address in the Search area and find your property information in the left panel. The City's zoning map is also available for review on the website or at the Community Development counter. Zoning questions may be directed to the Community Development Department at (909) 364-2740.