Certificate of Merger

WHEN IS A CERTIFICATE OF MERGER REQUIRED?
A certificate of merger is required where two or more adjacent parcels are merged to create one parcel. All parcels must be under common ownership and title must be held in a similar manner for each parcel.

WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
Review of certificates of merger helps ensure that the parcels resulting from the merger will com­ply with local zoning and building regula­tions.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
The initial application fee for a Certificate of Merger is a $4,000 deposit to be used for cost of staff review time and materials. If the cost to process the permit exceeds this deposit, the applicant or owner must cover the cost. If the cost ends up being less than the deposit, the difference is refunded.

WHO APPROVES A CERTIFICATE OF MERGER?
The Planning Director will approve or deny the Certificate of Merger application, or refer it to the Planning Commission for a decision.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS?

  1. Make an appointment with the Development Services Engineer by calling 510.583.4200 to determine which regula­tions apply to your project and what materials you need to provide.
  2. Submit a completed application signed by affected property owners and required materials to the Planning Division.
  3. Within thirty days of submittal of the application, the Development Services Engineer will notify you whether your applica­tion is complete or additional infor­mation or revised plans need to be submit­ted.
  4. A Certificate of Merger approval is finalized by the owner(s) and is reflected in a deed or a notice of lot merger, which is recorded.

WHAT SHOULD I SUBMIT?

  • When you apply:
    • A completed application, signed by all affected property owners, and appropriate application fee.
    • A plat and legal description, describing the resultant parcel after the merger, signed by a registered civil engineer authorized to practice land surveying or a licensed land surveyor.
    • A title report (a hyper-linked PDF report is preferred. If not, required to submit back up documents) which is not more than three months old, or Title Guarantee and title must be held in a similar manner (one copy), for each affected parcel. Title report shall verify no outstanding liens on the propertie's affected. 
  • Prior to final approval:
    • A properly executed Certificate of Merger. The City will prepare and record this Certificate of Merger.
    • If the properties are within a local improvement district or maintenance district, either all outstanding assessments shall be paid, or an amended assessment diagram submitted for recordation.

HOW LONG DOES APPROVAL TAKE?
Approval usually takes 4 to 6 weeks after an application is deemed complete. Indicated processing times do not include time needed by applicant to revise and resubmit plans nor does it cover any additional processing time required to take a project to Planning Commission, if needed.

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