A Use Permit is a discretionary permit issued by the Planning Commission, typically for uses that may be compatible with surrounding land uses under certain conditions. After holding a public hearing to receive input and comment, the Planning Commission sets conditions or standards, makes the required Use Permit “findings,” and issues Use Permits.
The timeframes for processing Use Permits depends on the level of environmental review required. Projects Categorically Exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act can be processed in one or two months, while those requiring a Negative Declaration or Environmental Impact Report will take longer. The average Use Permit can be processed in three months.