First, determine what zoning district the property is located in by using the interactive map tool or by contacting the Planning and Engineering Division. Once the zoning district has been identified, review Development Code Section 16.20.020, Table 2-2 to determine the allowable land uses and permit requirements for the particular zoning district.
Fencing is not required in residential zoning districts, but fences may be required in non-residential zoning districts. Review Development Code Section 16.48 fences, hedges, and walls for Stockton Municipal Code standards for fencing – including required setback from property lines, maximum height, and types of material allowed. A building permit is required for all fences greater than seven feet in height (where allowed).
Development Code Section 16.24.200, Table 2-3 summarizes development standards by zoning district
Development standards for accessory uses and structures include:
These are in Development Code Section 16.80.020
Please review the Planning fee worksheet to determine total fees due.
Please review the submittal matrix.
The Neighborhood Services Division of the Police Department investigates all complaints related to Code Enforcement. Contact the Police Department Neighborhood Services Division for additional information. To submit a question or comment directly, select the appropriate topic in Ask Stockton.
Generally, anyone conducting business in the City is required to obtain a business license. Please contact the Business License Division for more information.
Allowable home-based businesses are required to file a Home Occupation Permit application and a Business License application. A home occupation permit allows for business-related activities deemed to cause minimal impact(s) on neighboring parcels.
Standards for temporary and permanent signs are located in SMC Section 16.76
Non-commercial events where people celebrate personal occasions (such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and similar events) are allowed on private property provided:
Please contact the Community Services Department Special Events information that include street closures, use of parks, and/or public property.
Before contacting or visiting the Permit Center, please review the current hours.
Please Contact Us for current hours and telephone numbers.
The Planning Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The meeting schedule is subject to change. See Online Meetings for the most current information, including upcoming agendas and meeting archives, or contact Planning staff for more information.
Contact the San Joaquin County Assessor's Office for property ownership and tax information. (See External Links below.)
Design Review procedures and Citywide Design Guidelines encourage development throughout the City that is compatible and harmonious with the design and use of surrounding properties and the City in general. Design Review Districts secure and maintain orderly and harmonious construction of buildings, signs, and other structures in designated areas of the City.
Section 3.02 of the Citywide Design Guidelines Manual includes Single-Family Residential Design Guidelines for Special Districts and a map illustrating the special districts.
Special Commercial Districts include areas such as Downtown, Miracle Mile or the Channel Area. Please see Sections 4.02-4.05 of the Citywide Design Guidelines Manual for Commercial Design Guidelines.
Car washes are limited to 10 days per year for an individual location and 10 days per year for each sponsoring organization. Sponsorship is limited to educational, fraternal, religious, or service organizations directly engaged in civic or charitable efforts. A car wash event must be located on nonresidential property at a location approved by the Municipal Utilities Department (MUD).
Please contact the Municipal Utilities Department about the City's Green Car Wash Program and a list of approved car wash locations.
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/6/2020