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  • Building Services
    • Can a new single-family dwelling be occupied prior to the final building permit inspection?
    • How can I check the status of a permit application?
    • How can I determine the zoning designation for a particular parcel?
    • How can I obtain copies of the Zoning Ordinances, General Plan or any other publications published by the Planning Department?
    • How can I obtain information on development activity (permits in process, permits approved, historical information, etc.) in Monterey County?
    • How do I apply for a permit?
    • How large can a storage shed be before a building permit is required?
    • How long does it take to obtain a permit?
    • How long should I expect the plan check process to take?
    • If I cannot obtain a Cal-Am connection, can I drill a well to provide water for my project?
    • Is a building permit required for a retaining wall?
    • Is a building permit required to construct a fence?
    • Is a building permit required to re-roof a structure in Monterey County?
    • Is it true that I can't build a new house or remodel because of lack of water?
    • May I request what time of day I'd like the Building inspection to occur, such as morning or afternoon?
    • What are the differences between a planning permit and a building permit?
    • What can I do with my property?
    • What happens after I apply for a permit?
    • What is my neighbor doing on their property?
    • What is the application fee for a permit?
    • Where are the RMA-Planning & RMA-Building Services offices located?
    • Where can I view agendas for the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and/or Subdivision Committee?
    • Will I need a permit?
    • Will my project require an Environmental Impact Report or other environmental review?
  • District Attorney
    • Can I drop charges against someone once a report has been made?
    • Can I find out information on a case such as a defendant’s next court date and what charges were filed?
    • Can I report a crime to the District Attorney's Office?
    • Can the District Attorney’s Office assist me in adopting a child?
    • Can you help me file a Small Claims Court case against a merchant or someone I have a dispute with?
    • Does the District Attorney’s Office handle divorces?
    • How do I file a domestic violence complaint with your office?
    • I am the owner of a business. Can the District Attorney’s Office help me collect on a bad check?
    • I have a complaint about your office. Who should I contact?
    • I have a question regarding a letter that Mr. Flippo sent to me. Is he the person that I need to speak to regarding my case?
    • I have been subpoenaed by the District Attorney to appear as a witness in a criminal case. Am I entitled to get witness fees? What if I am unable to attend the court date stated in the subpoena?
    • I think I may be a victim of fraud. Can the District Attorney's Office help me?
    • I want a restraining order to keep my spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, or other person away from me. Will the D.A.'s Office do this for me?
    • I would like to receive child support. Does the District Attorney’s Office help to begin this process?
    • If I am a defendant, how do I obtain a copy of the police report?
    • If I am the victim of a violent crime will the District Attorney's Office pay for my lost wages and medical expenses? Am I eligible to receive restitution?
    • If I was cited and released by a local police agency, how can I find out if the D.A. has filed charges against me?
  • Economic Development
    • Where can I find information for affordable housing and waitlist?
  • Elections
    • Can I give my voted ballot to someone else to return for me?
    • Do I have to apply for a vote by mail ballot for each election?
    • Do I have to sign the vote by mail ballot return envelope?
    • How do I return a vote by mail ballot?
    • How do I vote my ballot?
    • If I lose the vote by mail ballot sent to me, can I get another one?
    • What information must be included in my application?
    • When must I apply for a vote by mail ballot?
    • When must I return the voted ballot?
    • Where can I obtain an application for a vote by mail ballot?
    • Who may vote by mail?
  • Emergency Communications/911
    • Where can I find information regarding Fire Hazards and prevention?
  • Health
    • How do I file a complaint for barking dogs?
    • What do I do if I encounter illegal dumping?
  • Resource Management Agency
    • A Notice of Violation is recorded against my property. How can I get it removed?
    • Can a new single-family dwelling be occupied prior to the final building permit inspection?
    • Can I legalize an addition or detached structure that was built without permits?
    • Can I operate a business out of my home?
    • How can I check the status of a permit application?
    • How can I determine the zoning designation for a particular parcel?
    • How can I obtain copies of the Zoning Ordinances, General Plan or any other publications published by the Planning Department?
    • How can I obtain information on development activity (permits in process, permits approved, historical information, etc.) in Monterey County?
    • How do I apply for a permit?
    • How do I report a violation?
    • How large can a storage shed be before a building permit is required?
    • How long does it take to obtain a permit?
    • How long should I expect the plan check process to take?
    • How many large animals can I have on my property?
    • How much time do I have to clear the violations?
    • How much will the permits cost to clear the violations?
    • If I cannot obtain a Cal-Am connection, can I drill a well to provide water for my project?
    • Is a building permit required for a retaining wall?
    • Is a building permit required to construct a fence?
    • Is a building permit required to re-roof a structure in Monterey County?
    • Is it true that I can't build a new house or remodel because of lack of water?
    • May I request what time of day I'd like the Building inspection to occur, such as morning or afternoon?
    • My neighbors have violations too. Why aren’t you investigating them?
    • What are setbacks and how do I determine mine?
    • What are the differences between a planning permit and a building permit?
    • What can I do with my property?
    • What do I do if I receive a "Notice of Violation" or a "Stop Work Notice"?
    • What do I need to do to clear the violation?
    • What happens after I apply for a permit?
    • What happens when someone is in violation of the codes?
    • What is my neighbor doing on their property?
    • What is the application fee for a permit?
    • When is a grading permit required?
    • Where are the RMA-Planning & RMA-Building Services offices located?
    • Where can I view agendas for the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and/or Subdivision Committee?
    • Who turned me in?
    • Will I need a permit?
    • Will my project require an Environmental Impact Report or other environmental review?
  • Treasurer-Tax Collector
    • Am I required to separately state the tax amount on the registration card?
    • Are there any exemptions from TOT?
    • Can an operator request a waiver of the penalties and interest due to extenuating circumstances?
    • Does an operator need to charge the TOT if he/she rents a room for less than a full day (e.g., hourly room rates)?
    • How can a transient request a refund of the TOT he/she previously paid to the TTC?
    • How can an operator request a refund of the TOT he/she previously paid to the TTC?
    • I purchased a hotel/motel recently, or I am soon to purchase a hotel/motel. How do I know the former owner has no unpaid TOT liability to the TTC?
    • No exemption shall be granted except upon a claim for exemption made at the time rent is collected, and under penalty of perjury, upon the Monterey County Exemption form.
    • To whom may I speak to if I have additional questions?
    • What are my responsibilities as an operator to document a TOT exemption?
    • What are some of the general recordkeeping and compliance requirements as it relates to inspections and audits?
    • What happens if there is a late payment, no payment or insufficient payment?
    • What if I own a mobile home trailer park or recreational vehicle park and rent it out? Am I required to charge the TOT?
    • What if I stay longer than thirty (30) days?
    • What is the definition of "Hotel"?
    • What is the definition of "Occupancy"?
    • What is the Transient Occupancy Tax?
    • When is payment of the TOT due to the TTC?
    • When should the operator collect TOT?
    • Where do I mail my payment?
    • Which Monterey County department/agency is responsible for collecting the TOT?
    • Who is a "Transient"?
    • Who is an "Operator"?
  • Water Resources Agency
    • Where can I find information on water conservation?