Can I develop an unimproved property?
You can verify whether a property is or is not designated a building site by accessing City Maps (GIS). After you locate the property in GIS, go through the property's data pop-ups to search for, "building site designation." Immediately below, it will show, "yes" or "no."
- If it says, "yes," then the property has the potential for being developed.
- If it says, "no," then the property may not be developed.
How do I find the legally permitted size of my home?
Checking the legally permitted size of a home requires review of all building records on file. Building permits or plans will note the existing or proposed square footage of the home. If the records show a smaller home than what exists on the property, then the difference in size is considered unpermitted and will need to be legalized or removed in coordination with the City.
Click the "Property Information" tab at the bottom of the menu located to the left of the screen to view City files.
How do I get a copy of my property's prior-approved plans?
Construction plans are part of the public record and may only be inspected or reviewed at the Community Development public counter due to copyright protection laws. Digital copies are available to view during normal business hours at the Community Development public counter.
To obtain a copy of the approved construction plans on a property, you must submit a completed Plan Duplication Request Form and Duplication Request Affidavit. The City will request via certified letter, authorization from the current or original owner of the property, and all registered professionals associated with the plans. The parties have 30 days to respond to the City. When all authorizations are received, the City will provide the you with a flash drive containing the requested plans. The flash drive can be mailed or picked-up at the Community Development public counter. A $138 fee is assessed per plan set to process your plan duplication request. Before requesting a copy of construction plans, please contact City staff as plans are not available for all properties.