Community Appearance Manual

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SPECIAL ADVISORY REGARDING

 THE COMMUNITY APPEARANCE MANUAL

All projects except single-family and duplex residential are subject to compliance with the Community Appearance Manual. This advisory addresses common mistakes and misunderstandings regarding the application of the Manual. 

Building Permits

Building plans must be submitted that clearly show the use of approved façade materials.  FAÇADE MATERIALS ARE APPROVED BY THE PLANNING DIVISION, NOT THE PLANS EXAMINER IN BUILDING INSPECTION.  Even if you or your contractor receives an approved building permit from the Plans Examiner, unapproved materials will be rejected by the field inspector during construction.  Therefore, it is very important that you or your contractor submit a materials and color board, complete with materials specifications, to the Planning Division for approval during site plan review, or prior to building plan submittal, to minimize delays and unnecessary expense during construction.

Full Unitized Masonry

This means whole brick, stone or glass block, laid by hand.  Products such as “sticky stone,” thin brick, or brick panel are prohibited.  Exceptions may be granted in the case of certain rehabilitation projects; however, a written exception from the Planning Division is required.  Specifying any masonry façade material other than full, unitized masonry in your building plans without a written exception will be ignored and is not approved, regardless of the final permit.  The field inspector will require you or your contractor to remove unapproved masonry applied to the façade of your building or sign. 

Metal Roof Materials

The only metal approved for roofing is architectural standing seam.  Standard engineered or R-panel metal roofing material is prohibited.  No exceptions will be made.  Specifying any type of metal roofing material other than architectural standing seam in your building plans will be ignored and is not approved, regardless of the final permit.  The field inspector will require you or your contractor to remove any prohibited metal roofing installed on your building.

Painting Brick

Painting brick, stone or any other unitized masonry material is not allowed.  If it is necessary to replace masonry, you must find a replacement that matches the existing masonry in size and color to the greatest extent possible and submit it for approval, in advance, prior to use.  There are many clear sealants available that will waterproof your existing masonry rather than using paint.  The Director of Community Development may allow exceptions in very limited circumstances. IF YOU WISH TO PAINT BRICK OR ANY OTHER MASONRY MATERIAL, YOU MUST REQUEST AN EXCEPTION, IN WRITING, FROM THE DIRECTOR. Inserting “Paint” notes or call-outs in your building plans will be ignored and are not approved, regardless of the final permit.  The field inspector will require you or your contractor to remove any paint applied to masonry without an exception from the Director.