Town Of Moraga

Residential

Existing Single-Family Residences

Interior Remodeling

A building permit is required for interior modifications to a residence such as kitchen and bathroom remodeling but excluding decorating such as painting and carpeting. If an interior modification affects the exterior of the residence such as window relocation, administrative design review may be required. In addition, if the modification affects a zoning requirement such as a garage conversion that eliminated the required parking for the residence, zoning approval is required.

Zoning Compliance

Typical interior modifications that can generate zoning issues include a reduction in parking space dimensions or the addition of a second kitchen. If the use of an interior space is changing, it is a good idea to check in with the Planning Department to see if any Town approvals are required. In addition, the Planning Department is required to approve setbacks for exterior improvements that do not require design review such as a pool or spa. Please contact the Planning Department for additional information.

Building Permit

The Town of Moraga uses the Contra Costa County Building Department for review, approval and inspection of building permits. The CCC Building Department has a “Lamorinda” office located at 3685 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Suite 120, Lafayette, CA 94549. The telephone number of the Lamorinda Building Department office is (925) 299-0263. Their office is open from 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:00 pm on Friday. Additional information, including a Lamorinda building permit application form, may be obtained from the county’s website. The main office of the CCC Conservation and Development Department is located at 30 Muir Road, Martinez, CA 94553. Their telephone number is Toll Free: 855-DCD-COCO (855-323-2626) or to schedule appointments (925) 646-4108.

Exterior Modifications/Additions

Design Review

Modifications to any exterior feature of a home or any new construction for building additions, pools, spas, decks, gazebos, etc., must be approved by the Town of Moraga Planning Department prior to application for a building permit. Exterior modifications would include design changes such as enlargement of existing windows or installation of posts to support an existing cantilevered deck.
If the proposed improvements conform to the required building setbacks, applicable Municipal Code requirements and the Town’s Design Guidelines, then the project may qualify for Administrative Design Review (ADR) by the planning staff. If on the other hand, the proposed improvement is in a scenic corridor, on a hillside or requires a design exception, Design Review Board approval is required.

Construction and Demolition Debris

Waste Management Plan forms are required for covered projects and identify how half of the project waste materials will be diverted from the landfill through recycling and salvage. Covered projects are any construction, demolition, and renovation projects where the total costs are $250,000 or more or which involve the construction, demolition or renovation of 3,000 square feet or more. It is not uncommon for a roofing project to require a Waste Management Plan.

Existing Multi-Family Residences

Interior Remodeling

A building permit is required for interior modifications to a multi-family residence such as kitchen and bathroom remodeling but excluding decorating such as painting and carpeting. If an interior modification affects a zoning requirement such as the number of units in the multi-family building zoning approval is required. If an exterior building modification is proposed, consideration by the Design Review Board is required.

Zoning Compliance

The development standards for multi-family residences in the Town of Moraga excluding Saint Mary’s College and the Moraga Center Specific Plan area are contained in MMC Chapter 8.32.

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Exterior Modifications/Additions

Design Review

Design Review Board consideration is required for the design of a multi-family building. The requirements for multi-family design review are set out in MMC Chapter 8.72 Article 3.

Construction and Demolition Debris

Waste Management Plan forms are required for covered projects and identify how half of the project waste materials will be diverted from the landfill through recycling and salvage. Covered projects are any construction, demolition, and renovation projects where the total costs are $250,000 or more or which involve the construction, demolition or renovation of 3,000 square feet or more. It is not uncommon for a roofing project to require a Waste Management Plan.

Condominium Conversions

The conversion of existing multi-family rental housing to condominiums is subject to the requirements of MMC Chapter 8.96.

New Development

Planned development

Each parcel of land, 10 acres or more in size, shall be developed in accordance with the requirements for the Planned Development District, MMC Chapter 8.48. This three step process consists of a conceptual, general and precise development plan.

Conceptual Development Plan

The first step in the planned development process is the Conceptual Development Plan. The requirements for Conceptual Development Plans are provided in MMC Section 8.48.090. Environmental Review of the proposed project is completed in conjunction with the Conceptual Development Plan.

General Development Plan

The second step in the planned development process is the General Development Plan. The requirements for General Development Plans are provided in MMC Section 8.48.110. Tentative subdivision map approval may accompany General Development Plan approval.

Precise Development Plan

The third step in the planned development process is the Precise Development Plan. The requirements for the Precise Development Plan are provided in MMC Section 8.48.120.