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Corte Madera Construction Hours Per CMMC 9.36.030(c)
Design Review restrictions may supersede (If the project underwent a Design Review, hours of construction are likely further limited.)
CMMC 9.36.030 - Specific maximum noise levels. (c) The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply to construction or demolition work performed during the following times: Monday through Fridays from seven a.m. to five p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from ten a.m. to five p.m.; provided, that all powered construction equipment is equipped with intake and exhaust mufflers recommended by the manufacturers thereof; and provided, further, pavement breakers and jackhammers shall also be equipped with acoustical attenuating shields or shrouds recommended by the manufacturers thereof. In lieu of or in the absence of manufacturer's recommendations, the town engineer shall have the authority to prescribe such means of accomplishing maximum noise attenuation as he deems to be in the public interest, considering the available technology and economic feasibility.
Links to each of the Town of Corte Madera's current approved projects (private development projects and Town-wide projects) are on the Town’s website. Simply go to https://www.townofcortemadera.org/657/Approved-Projects and the links on that page will take you to a detailed archive of public hearings, agenda items and project submittals received to date for each project. For more information or questions regarding any of these items, please contact the Planning Department via phone at 415-927-5064, via email at PLCounter@tcmmail.org or via mail to Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925.
The Building Department reviews building permit applications and plans for compliance with State and local building codes including structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy efficiency. The department also provides inspection and code enforcement services for all building-related construction.
Planning and Building Staff will determine if the project is considered a major or minor design review based on the following:
Monday through Thursday
8:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3 pm
Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The Building Department reviews building permit applications and plans for compliance with State and local building codes including structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy efficiency. The department also provides inspection and code enforcement services for all building related construction.
The Town of Corte Madera welcomes your interest in establishing a business in our community. Please be advised that under Chapter 5.04.040 of the Corte Madera Municipal Code, you are required to maintain a valid Business License with the Town of Corte Madera.
To obtain a Business License, please complete the appropriate Business License Application for your type of business. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, or the specific fee required for your license, please contact Lina Azevedo at (415) 927-6725.
The following links take you to the Business License application forms that are required by the Town of Corte Madera. Once you have clicked on the link for the form of your choice it will load as a scanned image in a PDF file. After the entire file has loaded in the new window you may print the form out on your home printer.
You can review the current budget and other approved budgets by visiting the archives page on our website. You can go there by clicking on the following link: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=53&Type=&ADID=
To view an archive of the sales tax results, please click on the following link: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=38
Town Hall Lower Level, 300 Tamalpais Drive:
Town Hall Upper Level, 300 Tamalpais Drive:
Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive:
Street sweeping is conducted by Mill Valley Refuse Service (MVRS) and by our Department of Public Works (DPW). This means your street is swept twice a month. To get the schedules and learn more about street sweeping, please visit our street sweeping page.
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To register for classes and programs, please log in or create an account (for first time users) on our program registration page. You can access the registration page by clicking on the following link: https://cmprreg.org/Login.aspx
The Parks and Recreation Department publishes a recreation catalog that contains information about the programs and activities offered. You can look through the catalog by clicking on the following link: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/202/Recreation-Catalog
The Parks and Recreation Department has facilities, including the recently-remodeled Community Center, that can be rented for many types of events.
To view the rental information for our facilities including fees, policies and photos, please click on the following link: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/404/Parks-and-Recreation-Facilities
You may also call us to make reservations or simply to ask questions. The Parks and Recreation phone number is 415-927-5072.
The Intergenerational Center offers events and activities for all ages -- preschool - 100+. The Intergenerational Center is a gathering place for seniors, children and young adults, featuring programs in art, games, yoga, literature, technology and more.
The Mission of the Intergenerational Center is to enrich the lives of people of all ages through quality programs incorporating intergenerational and multi-generational participation. A primary goal of such activities is to provide social opportunities for the older adult to prevent isolation and promote healthy aging.
Youth and adults can always learn from each other. Children have the opportunity to gain knowledge from the wisdom of their elders, better understand physical impediments of the aging process and establish invaluable new relationships.
The wide array of innovative programs focus on health and fitness, the arts, crafts, entertainment, games and a Third Wednesday Speaker Series and more. Children and adults can create projects in the Makerspace equipped with a 3D printer, laser cutter, X-Carve, Carvey, watercolor printer and more under the direction of a professional artist and specialist in related technology.
To view the program schedule and learn how you can participate in their activities or even volunteer, please visit the Intergenerational website by clicking on the following link: https://agefriendlycenter.org/
The Community Center is located at 498 Tamalpais Drive. This is also the location for the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Offices and the Intergenerational Center.
Office Hours for the Parks and Recreation Department are as follows:
The Planning Department currently provides a map to illustrate approved Planning Entitlements (Design Review, Variance, etc.) within the Town of Corte Madera from 2015 to present. To go to the map, visit https://www.townofcortemadera.org/657/Approved-Projects and click on the interactive map. Once you are on the map, you can click on any icon for information about the application. If you have any questions about this map, please contact our Administrative Analyst, Tracy Hegarty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fences in side and rear setbacks:
Fences, walls and hedges not exceeding (6) six feet in height may be located in a required side or rear yard, with the exception that heights exceeding (6) six feet, but not exceeding (8) eight feet, may be allowed if written approval from all owners of property contiguous with the property line nearest the fence, wall, or hedge is submitted to the planning director or if design review approval is granted pursuant to Chapter 18.30, Design Review of this title, except that, within fifty feet of a street intersection, no such structure or hedge shall exceed four feet in height.
Fences in the front yard setback:
Fences, walls and hedges not exceeding (4) four feet in height may be located in a required front yard. Fences greater than (4) four feet in height but not greater than (6) six feet in height may be located in a required front yard if design review approval is granted pursuant to Chapter 18.30, Design Review, and if the applicant can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the town engineer, that the proposed fence is not within the public right-of-way; is not within fifty feet of a street intersection; and will not adversely affect sight distance from any public or private road or from any driveway. The planning commission has adopted by Resolution No. 95-03 design guidelines for fences and walls.
Fences in the public right of way:
CMMC 12.04.050(7) - Prohibited encroachments: Construction, maintenance or repair of any fence in excess of (3.5) three and one-half feet in height within a public right-of-way
Any tree growing within the town limits on any property cannot be removed without a permit unless such work is specifically exempted from tree permit requirements by Chapter 15.50 of the Corte Madera Municipal Code.
15.50.050 - Exemptions to permit requirements.
Other reasons for removal may also include the following:
15.50.060 - Factors for decision on permit.
The Building and Planning Department front counter will answer any questions regarding your Accessory Dwelling Unit and Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit. The following checklists should be used for acquiring an ADU and a Junior ADU permit.
General ADU requirements are the following: (***Please contact the Planning Department at 415-927-5064 regarding the information below. Some changes are currently being considered.)
8. Permanent Foundation. A permanent foundation shall be required for all accessory dwelling units.
9. Size of Unit. The floor area of accessory dwelling units shall not be larger than twelve hundred gross square feet.
10. Elevation. If the elevation of the existing main house on the site is below the Town's base flood elevation then the floor level of the accessory dwelling unit shall be at least as high as the elevation of the existing main house.
11. Street Address Required. Street addresses shall be assigned to all accessory dwelling units to assist in emergency response.
12. The accessory dwelling unit is not intended for sale separate from the primary residence and may be rented.
13. No setback shall be required for an existing garage that is converted to an accessory dwelling unit, and a setback of no more than five feet from the side and rear lot lines shall be required for an accessory dwelling unit that is constructed above a garage.
14. The accessory dwelling unit shall not be rented for less than 30 days.
15. The increased floor area of an attached accessory dwelling unit shall not exceed 50 percent of the existing living area, with a maximum increase in floor area of 1,200 square feet.
If the unit is within the Christmas Tree Hill zoning district special restrictions apply:
The total number of accessory dwelling units in the Christmas Tree Hill overlay district shall not exceed the total number permitted by Sections 18.18.405(K) and 18.18.410 of this title. This provision shall not apply to accessory dwelling units contained within the existing space of a single-family residence or accessory structure.
One easy way to check is to search your address or parcel number on Marin Map (https://www.marinmap.org/Html5Viewer/Index.html?viewer=smmdataviewer) and look under zoning district on the left hand side toolbar.
The Planning Application Review Process can be understood by using the following flowchart: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/DocumentCenter/View/3457/Planning-Review-Flowchart-DB?bidId=
The planning application review process starts with the Building and Planning Front Counter. Planning and Building staff will review your application and inform you about what is needed.
Design review and a permit are required by the Town per CMMC 18.22.020. The code states the following:
(a) No sign shall be approved for a shopping center, for any site with more than one building, or for any building with more than one tenant until a master sign program has received design review approval as described in Chapter 18.30, Design Review. A master sign program, and sign guidelines in any applicable specific plan, shall comply with all other provisions of this chapter. At the discretion of the planning commission, a master sign program may specify some or all of the following: size, material, location, design, color, lighting and construction of each sign.
(b) All signs, except those listed in Section 18.22.030, require sign permit design review approval as prescribed in Chapter 18.30, Design Review, except that, if the zoning administrator finds that the application is for a sign which conforms to an approved master sign program, approval may be given without notice or hearing; but if the application is for a freestanding sign, authorization shall be given as described in Section 18.22.060.
(c) For every site on which a master sign program has been adopted, the provisions contained in the master sign program shall take precedence over the signage requirements of the applicable zoning district, unless the zoning district's signage requirements are more stringent, or govern requirements not contained in the master sign program.
There are a few signs that are exempt from the design review process. These signs include the following:
If something comes up over the weekend, please call 415-613-5437.
If you notice overflow of sewage from a manhole cover, overflow of sewage from a pump station location, or there is sewage smell coming from a creek or other body of water, please report it by calling the weekend issue number or Central Marin Police dispatch (415-927-5150) as soon as possible.
Check with the Town’s Flood Map linked below to see if your property is within the general area and confer with Public Works staff to see what may be needed to be done to avoid flood damage.
Additional important information: A portion of Corte Madera lies within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), more commonly referred to as the "floodplain". This SFHA consists of properties within zones AE and VE as delineated on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) prepared by FEMA for our community. The FIRM can be viewed at the Public Works Department office, and assistance can be provided in determining if your property is within the SFHA.
Associated with these zones is a Base Flood Elevation (BFE). This BFE represents the level to which a flood having a 1% chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year (commonly called the "100-year" flood) will rise. For Corte Madera, the BFE is equal to an elevation of 10 NAVD (North American Datum).
If you need to file a complaint with the Department of Public Works you can download the form at https://ca-cortemadera.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/825/Public-Works-Complaint-Form and email the completed form to email@example.com or deliver it in person to Department of Public Works located on the first floor of Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive.
The Town of Corte Madera works with DC Electric Group, Inc. on street light repairs. DC Electric Group, Inc. is a California commercial electrical contractor. DC Electric provides efficient electrical construction and lighting maintenance services.
To report a street light repair, please go directly to DC Electric's website by clicking on the following link: http://www.dcelectricgroup.com/street-light-repair.html
- Please note that you will be asked to provide the street light pole number. This number is typically located on the pole at eye level. If you have additional questions regarding street lights or other Town property, please call our Public Works Department at 415-927-5057.
Fill out the linked form below and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit it in person to the Department of Public Works located on the first floor of Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive.
The Department of Public Works will instruct you on the next steps.
Obtaining a sanitary sewer permit involves the following steps:
To view the sewer connection charges for Sanitary District No. 2, please click here.
Sanitary District No. 2 issues permits for all work on the public portion of the sewer collection system. Work requiring a permit includes:
The purpose of this ordinance is to provide for the operation and maintenance of Sanitary District No. 2’s (SD2) wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities in a more safe, reliable and serviceable manner.
In 2017, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board ordered SD2 to fix damaged and deficient sanitary sewer pipes. Many pipes are in need of repair to prevent the infiltration of rainwater and groundwater, which can overwhelm the wastewater collection system and treatment plant, leading to sanitary sewer overflows in the community or discharges of partially treated wastewater into the San Francisco Bay. Improperly maintained private sewer laterals also lead to raw sewage spilling into residential areas.
The SD2 Board adopted the Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Ordinance No.45 at its June 4, 2018 meeting thus requiring inspection of private sewer laterals when any one of the four (4) specific triggers are met (see below).
To get more information on the Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance, please visit our PSL webpage by clicking on the following link: https://www.townofcortemadera.org/745/Private-Sewer-Lateral-Ordinance
If you notice any the following issues in your neighborhood, please report it by calling Sanitary District No. 2 415-927-5057 Central Marin Police dispatch (415-927-5150) as soon as possible: