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No. Generally, building permits still are not required in the unincorporated areas of Delta County. However, development must comply with standards in the Delta County Land Use Code (e.g. setbacks), and lands within the Highway 92 Overlay require a building permit. Also, Electrical and Plumbing permits are required through the State Division of Professions and Organizations (DPO), Well permits are required through the State Division of Water Resources (DWR), and Septic permits are required from the County Health Department.
Delta County adopted a Land Use Code, but has not adopted Building Codes. These are separate regulations where Land Use Codes provide direction of what can occur where, and Building Codes provide minimum specifications how a structure must be built.
No. Zoning designations establish the minimum parcel size and lot dimensions (Chapter 3.A, Table 3.a LUC). Lot sizes range from smaller lots (7,500 sf) in the Urban Growth Areas (UGA) to larger lots (35+ Acres) in the A-35 zone. Existing parcels smaller than the minimum parcel size are lawful and not restricted.
A property owner can request to divide off a portion of their parcel that does not meet the minimum lot size. However, the Board of Adjustments (BOA) must grant a variance from the minimum standards (lot size, lot width, frontage, etc.) before such subdivision can be approved.
Findings to approve a variance include: a) extraordinary and exceptional situation or condition (e.g. topographical constraint); b) difficulty or hardship; c) consistent with purpose of the Land Use Code. In addition, a variance to reduce lot size also requires findings that the parcel; a) conforms to all other requirements of the Code; b) meets the minimum lot dimensions for the zoning designation; c) does not interfere with wildlife habitat; and d) are not part of a prior subdivision and will be restricted from further subdivision.
For subdivisions approved/submitted prior to the 2021 Land Use Code
Subdivisions processed under the regulations in place prior to the 2021 Land Use Code must be completed January 5, 2022 pursuant to Resolution 2021-R-001.
EXAMPLE: A property has 20 acres and is zoned A-35. The owner wants to divide off a 2-acre portion for their family. Said owner may apply for a variance to create one new lot that does not meet the minimum lot size. With a variance for last size, all property involved in the division would be prohibited from any further subdivision.
Yes, if it is a lawful use/structure. Uses/Structures established in conformance with the rules in place at the time, but that are not consistent with the Land Use Code are considered lawful (aka legal nonconforming). A legal nonconforming use/structure may be continued and maintained in reasonable repair, but shall not be altered or expanded.
No, if it is an unlawful use/structure. Uses/Structures that were not consistent with the rules in place and are not consistent with the Land Use Code are considered unlawful (nonconforming). The Code does not allow for the perpetuation of unlawful development.
No. The Delta County Assessor appraises property based on the actual use of the property, regardless of the zoning designation.
Yes. While the Land Use Code is not based on density, one residence is allowed per lot in general. Up to two (2) additional residences may be allow provided there are permitted water connections for each unit, there is capability to provide adequate wastewater systems (e.g. septic), and the units are designed such that the units meet standards if the property were to be subdivided in the future (e.g. setbacks). At least one (1.0) acre is required for each wastewater system unless a septic variance is granted by the Health Department (Environmental Health). Development of four (4) or more units requires a Zoning Permit.