Civil Unrest Repair Permit

Businesses impacted by the civil unrest may obtain a same-day building permit online for the following limited work:

  • Storefront non-structural repair (of same or comparable materials)
  • Window repair or change-out (of same size, location, and comparable materials)
  • Door repair or change-out (of same size, location, and comparable materials)
  • Repair to damaged exterior veneer, siding, or stucco (of same size, location, and comparable materials)
  • Repair of damaged interior partitions (with no structural, plumbing, electrical, or mechanical)

Eligible projects may apply online for an express Civil Unrest Repair Permit  here

 

Projects that do not qualify for an express permit shall obtain a building permit through the normal building permit process; however, review of projects related to the civil unrest will be given priority processing. For assistance, contact 310.458.8355 or eplans@smgov.net


Fees

Fees are waived for plan review and permit applications for work to repair damages resulting from the civil unrest on May 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted to the City by August 4, 2020 to qualify for the fee waiver.

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How to Apply

Find step-by-step instructions on how to obtain a Civil Unrest Repair Permit here.

 

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Exceptions to Architectural Review Board or Landmarks Commission Review

Will I be required to submit my permit application through ARB or Landmarks in order to repair my storefront?

The answer is generally no; Civil unrest repair permits do not need approval by the Architectural Review Board or the Landmarks Commission, provided the repair work involves one or more of the following:    

  • Replacement of existing materials with like materials, provided that (i) the new materials are of a comparable quality, texture, and craftsmanship and (ii) the building is not a City-Designated Historic Resource;  
  • Alterations to the design or materials of a façade of an existing building, provided that the building (i) is not located in the Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District or the BC (Promenade) District with frontage along the Third Street Promenade and (ii) is not a City-Designated Historic Resource;    
  • Alterations to the materials of a façade of an existing building that is located in the Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District or the BC (Promenade) District with frontage along the Third Street Promenade, provided that (i) the alterations are consistent with the building’s existing design and (ii) the building is not a City-Designated Historic Resource; or   
  • For a City-Designated Historic Resource, replacement of awnings, windows, doors, roofing materials and details that do not change the design, including the pitch, shape, or roof style, and exterior materials, provided that such replacement does not detrimentally affect any character-defining feature of the City-Designated Historic Resource.   

 

Helpful Links

June 4, 2020 Press Release (City Waives Fees and Fast Tracks Permits)

Resources for Businesses Impacted on May 31

Published June 12, 2020