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The Building Permit Tech will call you and let you know:
The Building Department only accepts cash and check for payment.
Visit the Building Department during counter hours (Monday through Thursday 8 to 11:30 a.m.) and ask to see Building Permit History files for a particular address.
You can submit an application for a permit between 8 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The City accepts payment in the form of cash or check.
Yourself as owner / builder or a licensed contractor. As an owner / builder, please review these important documents:
Find more information about grading permits by reading the grading permit requirements document (PDF).
Find information about grading plans by reading this engineered grading document (PDF).
Find information on the tree removal permit in the Trees section of the Planning Department.
No. The building permit must be paid for and signed at the counter. The City accepts check or cash for payment.
For additional information contact the Building Department at 831-440-5630, Fax at 831-438-2793, or email us.
Water service in Scotts Valley is provided by:
Scotts Valley Water District2 Civic Center DriveScotts Valley, CA 95066
Scotts Valley Water District Website
Portions of the Whispering Pines area and Mount Hermon Road are serviced by:
San Lorenzo Valley Water District13060 Highway 9Boulder Creek, CA 95006
San Lorenzo Valley Water District Website
Fire Service in Scotts Valley is provided by:
Scotts Valley Fire Protection District7 Erba LaneScotts Valley, CA 95066Phone: 831-438-0211Scotts Valley Fire Website
The City of Scotts Valley contracts with GreenWaste for waste disposal and recycling services. The contact number for GreenWaste is 831-426-2711, you can find information about their services on their website as well.
If you are conducting any business within the City limits, you will need to apply for a license.
Forms can be mailed to you or picked up in the Finance office:
1 Civic Center Drive
Scotts Valley CA 95066
Call 831-440-5611 for forms and all applicable fees.
Call the Finance Director at 831-440-5610.
Call NBS Government Financial Group at 800-676-7516.
The City has de-centralized purchasing. You must contact each department directly.
Call the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 831-438-0732 or in an emergency call Police Dispatch at 831-440-5670.
Yes, please visit our Facility Rental Page for more information.
Lodato Park is free of charge.
View the zoning map (PDF).
View the City’s Municipal Code and indicate which zoning district you want to review in the search box.
The Planning Department's phone number is 831-440-5630.
The Planning Department's hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to Noon. Application submittals are taken in, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
Visit the Planning and Building Departments during counter hours so that staff may assist you with zoning information, permitted uses, and details regarding requirements on your plans and the number of copies to submit.
It depends on the type of application and project.
The applicant is then notified if the project has been deemed complete. Scheduling the project before the Planning Commission is determined upon agenda availability and type of environmental review required. Typically, there are two Planning Commission meetings held each month.
No, if the tree is:
For more information on this disease please visit the Berkeley website or UC Davis website.
Yes, if the tree is:
Call or visit the Planning Department to obtain a permit application. Complete the application, including all pertinent data, and return it to the Planning Department during counter hours. The City will notify the applicant within 30 days if additional information is required to process the application.
Once the application is deemed complete the appropriate hearings will be scheduled. For Use Permit, Design Review, and Variance Permits, one hearing before the Planning Commission is required. Once the Planning Commission approves the application, there is a 10 day appeal period in which the application could be appealed to the City Council. If appeal in not submitted, then the application is deemed approved. For Land Division or Rezoning Permits, hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council are required.
The City has an assessor's parcel book which shows each lot within the city. You may visit the Planning Department during counter hours to get a copy of the assessor's parcel map. You may also visit the County of Santa Cruz Mapping website, search for your parcel information, and then click on the assessor's map link.
Yes, if the land area that the unit is placed on does not have an average slope greater than 20% and it is served by a sanitary sewer system.
The new overhead cameras you see at the Mount Hermon Road/Scotts Valley Drive/Whispering Pines Road intersection are solely for detecting the presence of vehicles in order to provide the best distribution of green time based on traffic demand. They are cost-effective replacements for in-ground induction loops that are cut into the pavement.
The cameras are not focused the driver, but rather the vehicle as it moves towards the intersection. As the vehicle enters defined areas or "zones" within the camera's field of view, the camera's processor detects a change in the "zone." An output is sent to the traffic signal's controller (the computerized "brain" housed in a nearby metallic cabinet controlling the intersection's timing) that says a vehicle is requesting green time for its direction.
There is no constant surveillance or archiving of these images. The camera view is a fixed focus, fixed location image (there is no zooming or moving the cameras once they are installed). The image is analyzed by the camera processor ONLY for the simple presence of vehicles within defined areas or "zones." The cameras are not equipped to read license plates or distinguish facial features.
The cameras to not record and store video. The data from the camera is analyzed by the processor in real-time.
Previously, the primary method of vehicle detection was done by cutting the pavement a few inches and installing a wire "loop" just below the surface.
These in-ground loops have both near-term and long-term costs. The labor for a work crew to saw-cut pavement while shutting down that lane of traffic, and the cost of material are immediate costs. The saw cutting of the pavement weakens its strength, resulting in shorter service life and more maintenance costs for pavement repair. When in-ground loops fail, the entire loop must be recut into the pavement again. Video cameras give us low cost options to change the detection boxes do to construction or lane shifts, while pavement loops do not.
Video detection cameras, like most electronics, have seen their costs steadily drop since the technology was first introduced. Installation is done above the surface of the road, and usually away from the flow of traffic. The pavement remains undisturbed and is capable of lasting longer. When cameras or processors fail, they are simply and quickly replaced without a great disturbance in traffic flow.
Green pavement highlights areas where bicycles and cars cross paths. The green pavement alerts both drivers and bicyclists to pay extra attention.
A bike box is a designated area at the front of a traffic lane at a signalized intersection that places the bicyclist ahead of queuing motor vehicle traffic during the red signal phase. The bike box increases visibility of bicyclists at intersections (the most common location for bicycle collisions).
It is also intended to prevent conflict between bicyclists and motorists continuing in different directions. For example, a bicyclist traveling straight through an intersection should be centered in the traffic lane giving a right turning motorist room to turn safely next to them. Likewise, a bicyclist turning left from a lane that can either turn left or go straight should be position in the center of the traffic lane in front of motor vehicles intending to travel straight so that their paths do not cross.
How to Use a Bike Box (educational video)
How to Use When Biking: When the light is red, use the bike lane to proceed to the front of the intersection and move into the bike box. Stop before the crosswalk and position yourself directly in front of waiting automobiles. When the light turns green, move through the intersection ahead of traffic. Use hand signals to tell drivers which way you’re turning, and move into the bike lane or to the right side of the street once you have passed through the intersection.
The bike box should only be used when the light is yellow or red. If you approach the intersection when the light is green, use the bike lane to approach the intersection and proceed normally.
How to Use When Driving: If you approach the intersection and the light is yellow or red, stop at the white stop line behind the green bike box. Keep the bike box clear to allow cyclists to use it. If people on bikes are in front of you in the bike box, allow them to travel first through the intersection.
The cost of construction varies with each home depending on how complicated re-plumbing the house is and how far the trench and pipe must be extended to reach the City sewer main. Underground contractors listed in the yellow pages will often give free quotes for this kind of work. Additional to the construction costs are hookup fees of approximately $6,137.
The hook-up fee pays for your share of the construction costs of building the multi-million dollar sewage treatment plant on Lundy Lane. The sewer treatment plant construction was extremely expensive to enable the plant to clean the wastewater to state standards and allow it to be pumped and discharged into the waters of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.
An encroachment permit is needed for any work done by private citizens within the right-of-way of the city of Scotts Valley. The permit ensures that any construction done in or next to a street is done according to adopted construction standards. The permit fee pays for an inspector to ensure that these improvements are built to a high standard and that during construction, safe traffic control is enforced.
City maintenance crews do not have the occasion to travel many of the City's side streets on a regular basis. If you have a pothole in front of your house, the City crews are most likely not aware of it. Let us know of its existence and we will correct the problem as soon as possible by calling us at 831-438-5854.
You will have to contact the Public Works Department at 831-438-5854 and get a case-by-case response. There are many privately maintained streets in the City of Scotts Valley that appear to be public. The Public Works Department has a record on which streets are private and public, as well as some history on many of the streets.
The City Council adopted a criteria to be met prior to considering installation of a speed bump. This criteria includes a petition signed by at least 60% of the neighbors in the area, as well as evidence of a speeding problem, and an appropriate safe place for construction.
Burned out street light bulbs on Mount Hermon Road and Scotts Valley Drive are replaced by the City. Residential street lights are maintained by PG&E. Residents with lights out in their neighborhood should report the outage to the Public Works Department at 831-438-5854. It is very helpful to include the street light number that is posted on the light standard when calling in the problem.
The City of Scotts Valley Maintenance Department arranges for the maintenance of most of the signal lights in the City. A call to 831-438-5854 will prompt a repair order to the appropriate maintenance organization. Several of the traffic signals next to Highway 17 on- and off-ramps are owned and maintained by Caltrans. They are responsible for the maintenance and timing of these signals. Again, a call to us will prompt a call to Caltrans for service.
The Public Works Department is at a separate location from City Hall. Our engineering and maintenance departments are located at the corporation yard at 701 Lundy Lane which is accessed off of Whispering Pines Drive.
The City of Scotts Valley is not a full service city in that the City provides neither fire service nor water service. A separate water district with its own elected board of directors, with complete wells, maintenance crews, etc., provides water to City residents as well as to many people outside the limits of the City of Scotts Valley. The Scotts Valley Water District can be reached at 831-438-2363. Water service to portions of the Whispering Pines area and Mount Hermon Road is provided by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and they can be reached at 831-338-2152.
Yes. For a fee, we will drive your child to other Recreation Division activities in city vehicles.
If we can’t find a replacement to fill your child’s spot, yes you will still be charged.
Tobacco retailers in the City of Scotts Valley are required to submit an application for a tobacco retail license and meet certain requirements of the ordinance in order to obtain and maintain the license.
A tobacco retailer means any person who sells, offers for sale, or does or offers to exchange for any form of consideration, tobacco, tobacco products, or tobacco paraphernalia. “Tobacco retailing” shall mean the doing of any of these things. This definition is without regard to the quantity sold, offered for sale, exchanged, or offered for exchange.
Tobacco product means:
Tobacco paraphernalia includes cigarette papers or wrappers, pipes, holders of smoking materials of all types, cigarette rolling machines, and any other item designed for the consumption, use or preparation of tobacco products.
Significant tobacco retailer means any tobacco retailer for which the principal or core business is selling tobacco products, tobacco paraphernalia, or both, as evidenced by the fact that
After the effective date of this ordinance, no license shall be issued to a significant tobacco retailer at any location, measured from the nearest property line, that is within one thousand feet of a school, or 500 feet of a park, or other business or institution whose primary business or purpose is the instruction or education of children or those under the age of 18. Examples of such places include, but are not limited to, tutoring centers, child care centers, recreational facilities and gyms.
Retailers can sell tobacco products and paraphernalia only to individuals who are at least 21 years old. There is one exception: the minimum sale age remains 18 for active duty military personnel with an identification card (ID) issued by the United States Armed Forces.
The tobacco license issued by the California State Board of Equalization is meant to curb tobacco tax fraud and the counterfeiting of tobacco products. That license does not preempt local jurisdiction from adopting local tobacco licenses. On December 16, 2015 the Scotts Valley City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 5.22 to the City code relating to the licensing of tobacco retailers. The ordinance promotes responsible tobacco retailing and compliance with federal, state and local tobacco ‐ related laws, especially those that prohibit the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors.
To legally sell tobacco products in the City of Scotts Valley, you will need a valid state tobacco license and a City tobacco license. This requirement is in effect as of June 15th, 2017.
The license requires that tobacco retailers comply with federal, state and local tobacco ‐ related laws, including provisions of the City's tobacco license. Information about the City's tobacco license is provided in this FAQ and can also be found in Chapter 5.22 "Tobacco Retailer Licenses" and Chapter 8.25 "Regulation of Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes Advertising and Sales" of the Scotts Valley City Code Ordinance Number 188. Educational materials regarding state and federal tobacco laws can be obtained by contacting the Scotts Valley Police Department at 831-440‐5670.
At this time there is no fee.
The term of the license is one (1) year beginning each fiscal year on July 1st and ending on June 30th of the same fiscal year.
Each tobacco retailer needs to apply for renewal of the tobacco retailing license (TRL) no later than thirty (30) days before the expiration date of the TRL.
No, tobacco retailers cannot transfer their license from one person to another or from one location to another. Whenever a new person obtains ownership in a business for which a tobacco retailer license has been issued, a new tobacco retailer license is required.
No, mobile vending (by persons on foot or from vehicles) is prohibited. Pushcart vendors, food trucks, foot peddlers, etc. cannot sell tobacco products.
Yes. Compliance checks will be conducted by the Scotts Valley Police Department to see if stores are selling to those under the age of 21.
Violations of the license are subject to monetary fines, suspension and / or revocation of the license.
Please notify the Scotts Valley Police Department at 831‐440‐5670.
Fishing of any kind is not allowed at Vern Hart at this time.
Yes. During after school recreation, kids have an opportunity to work on their homework.
Yes. For a fee we will drive your child to other Recreation Division activities.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is located at:
700 Lundy Lane
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
We are located near Public Works corporation yard.
Call Rhonda at 831-440-5612 regarding you sewer bill.
Almost one million gallons (950,000 gallons) are treated daily at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
During the dry weather months most of the water is recycled and used for irrigation at local parks, schools, and on roadway medians. In the winter months the water is discharged into the Monterey Bay.
Most of the time the wastewater treatment process can take place and not create any foul odors. However, given the nature of the business it is inevitable that from time to time foul odors will occur. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does the staff at the plant can usually determine the cause and take corrective action.
Yes, but not very much. The treatment plant only treats only water that goes down the drain in houses and businesses. All the rainwater flows into the storm drains that you see on the side of the road. That rainwater flows into the local creeks and eventually into the ocean.
It is very important not to let any garbage, used motor oil, or even soapy water from washing cars enter the storm drains because it will pollute our waterways.
Give us a call at 831-438-0732 and we'll do our best to help.
Tours are encouraged and given frequently. Give us a call at 831-438-0732 to set up a tour.
No, Public Works and Engineering is located next door in the buildings at 701 Lundy Lane.
Games begin early January and go to late February early March.
Yes! Our league is run by volunteer coaches.
Teams are drawn randomly by grade. Siblings our placed on the same team if in same league.