§ 82.02.040  Exemptions from Planning Permit Requirements.
   The planning permit requirements of this Development Code do not apply to the land uses, structures, and activities identified by this Section.  These are allowed in all land use zoning districts subject to compliance with this Section.
   (a)   General Requirements for Exemption.  The land uses, structures, and activities identified by Subdivision (b) below are exempt from the planning permit requirements of this Development Code only when:
      (1)   The use, activity or structure is established and operated in compliance with the setback requirements, height limits, and all other applicable standards of this Division (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses), and Division 3 (Countywide Development Standards), Division 4 (Standards for Specific Land Uses and Activities) and, where applicable, Chapter 84.17 (Nonconforming Uses and Structures); and
      (2)   Any permit or approval required by regulations other than this Development Code is obtained (for example, a Building Permit).
   (b)   Exempt Activities and Land Uses.  The following are exempt from the planning permit requirements of this Development Code when in compliance with Subdivision (a) above.
      (1)   Decks, Paths and Driveways.  Decks, platforms, on-site paths, and driveways that are not required to have a Building Permit or Grading Permit.
      (2)   Fences and Walls.  See Chapter 83.06 (Fences, Hedges, and Walls).
      (3)   Interior Remodeling.  Interior alterations that do not increase the gross floor area of the structure, or change the permitted use of the structure.
      (4)   Repairs and Maintenance.
         (A)   Single-Family Dwellings.  Ordinary repairs to, and maintenance of, single-family dwellings or any related accessory structures.
         (B)   Multi-Family, and Non-Residential Structures.  Ordinary repairs to, and maintenance of multi-family residential and nonresidential structures, if:
            (I)   The work does not change the approved land use of the site or structure, or add to, enlarge or expand the land use and/or structure; and
            (II)   Any exterior repairs employ the same materials and design as the original construction.
      (5)   Small, Portable Residential Accessory Structures.  A single portable structure per lot or unit, including pre-manufactured storage sheds or other small structures in residential zones, that are exempt from Building Permit requirements in compliance with the County Code and the California Building Code. Additional structures may be approved in compliance with § 84.01.050 (Residential Accessory Structures and Uses), where allowed by the applicable zone.
      (6)   Solar Collectors, Accessory to Residential Uses of 19 Units or Fewer.  The addition of solar collectors to the roof or side of a building, provided that the collectors comply with applicable height limit requirements; and ground-mounted solar collectors that comply with the setback requirements and height limitations of the applicable zone and are not visible from off the site.
      (7)   Spas, Hot Tubs, and Fish Ponds.  Portable spas, hot tubs, and constructed fish ponds, and similar equipment and structures that do not: exceed 120 square feet in total area including related equipment; contain more than 2,000 gallons of water; or exceed three feet in depth.
      (8)   Utilities.  The erection, construction, alteration, or maintenance by a public utility or public agency of utilities intended to service existing or nearby approved developments shall be permitted in any zone.  These include: water; gas; electric; supply or disposal systems; including wires, mains, drains, sewers, pipes, conduits, cables, fire-alarm boxes, police call boxes, traffic signals, hydrants, etc., but not including new transmission lines and structures. Commercial satellite and wireless communications antennas are not exempt, and are instead subject to Chapter 84.27 (Wireless Telecommunications Facilities).
      (9)   Noncommercial Receive-Only Antennas.  The following noncommercial, receive only antennas for the sole use of a resident occupying a residential structure shall not be regulated by this Development Code:
         (A)   A ground or structure-mounted, radio or satellite dish antenna that does not project above the roof ridge line and does not have a diameter greater than one meter (39 inches); and
         (B)   Roof-mounted radio or television aerials not exceeding 75 feet in overall height.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007; Am. Ord. 4085, passed - -2009; Am. Ord. 4245, passed - -2014)