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A Food Vendor Permit (FVP) is required for any mobile unit which is used for vending food.
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A General Plan Amendment (GPA) is required if a project is proposed which is not consistent with the established General Plan Designation for a property. An application may be submitted to change the General Plan Designation of the property to a different designation in order to build the proposed project.

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Before grading work begins, City staff must review the grading and clearing plans. The City Engineer usually approves the issuance of a grading permit, but in some circumstances City Council authorization is required.​

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A Hayward Fire Department annual permit is required for existing high-piled storage buildings where storage exceeds 2500 square feet in area.
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Fire Department annual permit is required for any welding, cutting, grinding, or use of other similar open flame or spark producing appliances and equipment.
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What is Senate Bill 330 (SB 330)?

In October 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (SB 330). This bill establishes a statewide housing emergency and creates new state laws focused on the production and preservation of housing. SB 330 aims to expedite and increase certainty in the development process with changes to the Housing Accountability Act and Permit Streamlining Act that will be in effect from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2025.

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The Fire Department is the regulating authority for the life safety requirements of all child day facilities regarding building construction and fire protection.
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A Fire Department permit is required for any installation of an automatic entry gate.​
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Commercial and multi-family residential solar projects
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The Fairview Fire Protection District has contracted with the Hayward Fire Department to provide fire protection for the district.
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Before preparing a submittal package for an addition to a single-family home, it is necessary to discuss the project with a City of Hayward planner to ensure the proposed project will meet setback, lot coverage, building height, and other Zoning Ordinance requirements.

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A few residential areas have been designated for restricted parking because of a consistently high volume of non-resident parking. That means that permits are needed in order to park there.

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A building permit is required when more than 200 square feet of roof covering is installed, repaired or replaced. Residential Reroof Permits are same day permits.

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A sign permit is required in order to install most types of signs, including temporary banners. Sign permits ensure that proposed signs are compliant with the City's standards for signage.
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Site Plan Review (SPR) is required when a project materially alters the appearance and character of the property or area, or may be incompatible with City policies, standards, and guidelines. This may include fences, such as anodized gray chain link fences, which are visible to the public.

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A Fire Department annual permit is required to conduct a spraying or dipping operation that uses flammable or combustible liquids or the application of combustible powders.
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Before building an accessory structure, it is necessary to review the proposed project with a City of Hayward planner.
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A subdivision is any division of land into two or more parcels. In order to create a lot for sale, a map must be processed and recorded. The subdivision map process ensures that lots are only created which comply with the plans, policies, regulations, and standards of the City of Hayward.
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On June 12, 2020, the County of Alameda Public Health Department issued an Press Release to allow all retail, outdoor dining, limited religious services and outdoor museums to operate on June 19, 2020. In alignment with the state’s guidance, indoor and outdoor retail and outdoor dining will be allowed at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing and safety plans are in place.

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Tenant improvements cover a wide range of non-residential projects, for example a small café remodel to a 50,000-square-foot factory build-out. While the scale, scope and complexity of tenant improvements vary, fundamental elements of the permitting process are essentially the same.  Highlighted for convenience are five steps methodically designed to keep a project moving forward, and depending on complexity more than one step can occur concurrently.  

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