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  • Why is Cupertino creating a process for establishing Single Story Overlay Districts?

  • Who do I contact for zoning and planning information?

  • Are businesses required to obtain a sign permit to display banners and other temporary signs?

  • Can I conduct a business out of my home?

  • What is Usable Rear Yard and how is it calculated in R1 zoning districts?

  • What is the difference between Floor Area and Lot Coverage?

  • What is Lot Coverage?

  • What is the maximum F.A.R in R1 Zoning Districts?

  • What is Floor Area Ratio or F.A.R.?

  • What is lot area?

  • How do I calculate Floor Area for High Volume Areas in R1 districts?

  • What is Floor Area?

  • What is the Building Envelope?

  • Do I have to hire a contractor to perform the work after receiving a Building Permit?

  • When am I required to install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide warning systems in our home?

  • How do I apply for an online permit?

  • How do I view building permit records?

  • Do I need an automatic fire sprinkler system if I want to remodel my house?

  • Do I need a soil report if I want to build an addition to my house?

  • What can I build without a permit?

  • What are the current adopted codes being enforced by the City of Cupertino?

  • What are the City of Cupertino Construction Hours?

  • What are the hours for Over-the-Counter Building Plan Review?

  • Is electronic plan submittal required?

  • What is the status of my application?

  • Once I apply online, how do I make a change to my application?

  • Do you keep applications on file so that I do not have to turn in a new application to apply for another position?

  • Can I turn in one application for more than one current opening?

  • If a position is not open, can I still submit an application?

  • Where can I find your current Job Openings?

  • Where do I get information about composting?

  • What is happening at Apple Park?

  • Who is responsible for graffiti removal on private property?

  • Who is responsible for removing graffiti from public property?

  • Are real estate open house signs permitted in Cupertino?

  • Is it lawful to post garage sale or other temporary type signs on utility poles and street signposts?

  • Who regulates massage establishments in Cupertino?

  • Is a permit necessary to distribute advertising flyers?

  • Do door-to-door solicitors need a permit from the City?

  • Are animal licenses required for household pets?

  • Is it a code violation to have a rooster as a pet in a residential area?

  • Is there a maximum number of dogs and cats allowed on a premises?

  • Is there a “leash law” in Cupertino?

  • Are there specific types of trees that are protected from removal?

  • May a person use a vehicle for sleeping or living quarters while it is parked on the street?

  • Is there a regulation concerning parking recreational vehicles, such as motor homes, on a residential parcel?

  • Who is responsible for the control and eradication of vermin (rodents)?

  • Is it a code violation to have a home business?

  • Who is responsible for cutting back shrubs and foliage that is obstructing the sidewalk?

  • Is there a weed abatement program in Cupertino?

  • Is there a code that regulates the storage of old appliances and scrap debris that is stored in the front yard of a residence?

  • Is there a maximum weight limit and/or length limit for vehicles parked on the street?

  • Is there a limit to how long a person may park a vehicle on the street without moving it?

  • Is there a maximum weight and/or length limit for vehicles parked on a residential parcel?

  • Is there a limit to the number of days a guest can use a recreational vehicle (RV) for sleeping quarters, while the vehicle is parked on a residential parcel?

  • Are inoperative vehicles allowed to be parked in the driveways or front yards of residences?

  • Is there a limit to the number of vehicles that can be parked on a residential parcel?

  • Is it lawful to park a vehicle on the front lawn of a residence?

  • What are the times that the use of home maintenance equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, etc. can be used?

  • Are there specific days and times that construction can occur?

  • Is there an ordinance that regulates barking dogs?

  • Why do I need a Building Permit?

  • When is a Permit required?

  • When is a Plumbing Permit not required?

  • When is an Electrical Permit not required?

  • When is a Mechanical Permit not required?

  • When is a Building Permit not required?

  • Once established, is it possible to remove a single-story overlay if neighborhood sentiments change?

  • Can I build a two-story home in an established Single-Story Overlay District?

  • What happens if I already have an existing two-story home in a Single-Story Overlay District?

  • How many votes does each household or lot receive in the confidential mail-in vote for Single Story Overlay?

  • What would happen after the application for establishment of a Single Story Overlay is submitted?

  • What is the proposed process for an application for establishment of a Single Story Overlay District?

  • Where can a Single Story Overlay District be proposed?

  • Does the Single Story Overlay limit the size of my home?

  • What is a Single Story Overlay?

  • Where can I get a permit to sell food?

  • Where can I research a patent?

  • Where do I get a permit to advertise with handbills, leaflets, or door-to-door solicitation?

  • Where do I get a license for my dog or cat?

  • Where can I get a resale tax number?

  • Where can I get approval for a sign for my business?

  • Where do I report creek flooding and/or hazards?

  • How do I keep falling leaves from clogging my storm drain?

  • Who do I contact for graffiti removal?

  • Who do I contact for ANY kind of street maintenance?

  • Who do I contact when there is a tree emergency?

  • Who can I contact about street sweeping?

  • How do I prevent urban runoff pollution?

  • Where can I get a list of Cupertino park sites?

  • Who do I contact when I'm having problems with my storm drain?

  • What do I do if I find a dead animal in the park?

  • What building facilities does the City maintain?

  • Where do I find information about establishing a business in Cupertino?

  • Where do I apply for a business license?

  • Where do I get a fictitious business name?

  • Where do I get a license to sell alcoholic beverages?

  • Where do I get a Federal Tax Identification Number?

  • What do I do if I find an animal on the street?

  • What do I do if I have bees swarming on my property?

  • Who do I contact for curb painting and/or repair?

  • Who do I contact for landscape maintenance?

  • Who do I contact for bus stop maintenance?

  • Who do I contact if I want a City street tree planted or maintained?