Planning & Permitting FAQ's

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  • Are inflatable signs allowed?

  • Are temporary signs allowed in Merced?

  • Can I build a second unit on my property?

  • Changes/Requirements if Annexation Occurs

  • Do I need a license with Merced City if I currently have a license with the County?

  • Do I need a Sign Permit to change only the face of a sign?

  • Do I need a Sign Permit to put up a sign on my property?

  • How do I determine the zoning of my property?

  • How do I find my property lines?

  • How high can I build my fence?

  • How is parking calculated for commercial uses?

  • How many parking spaces are required for a single-family dwelling?

  • How many parking spaces are required for multi-family dwellings?

  • How often is a license required to be renewed?

  • I run a non-profit business. Do I need a business license?

  • I want to open a business at a commercial address in the City. What do I need to do to obtain a business license?

  • I want to open a business using my home as my business location. What do I need to obtain permission to do so?

  • My business is growing and I’d like to open up another store on the other side of the City. Can I use the same business license?

  • What are the landscape requirements for a parking lot?

  • What businesses do not need to obtain a business license?

  • What can I build on my property?

  • What do I need to do for changes to existing licenses?

  • What fees do I pay to start my license?

  • What is a setback?

  • What is Annexation?

  • What is lot coverage?

  • What is the maximum lot coverage allowed?

  • What is the minimum setback for a single-family dwelling?

  • What is the minimum size for a parking space?

  • What special approvals do I need for my business?

  • What special taxes and permits are required for my business?

  • When do I need a business license?

  • When is a building permit required for a multi-family dwelling?

  • When is a building permit required for a single-family dwelling addition?