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1. Call Customer Service Hotline (831) 768-3133
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Because construction and demolition materials are a significant and growing part of landfill waste in California, the City of Watsonville and the California Green Business Standards Code require recycling of at least 65% of materials generated at construction and demolition projects. The City has developed the Construction Waste Management Plan in order to help contractors meet the requirement.
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Up to nine cannabis manufacturing in the City may be approved.
Appointments are required to submit a pre-application for a cannabis manufacturing facility. No applications will be accepted without an appointment. Partial submittals are not allowed.
You must submit an application for a Zoning Verification Letter to determine whether the potential business location meets ordinance requirements, including required separation from sensitive uses.
To download an application for a Zoning Verification Letter, click
Potentially eligible sites for obtaining a regulatory permit to operate a medical cannabis facility must be within the Industrial Park (IP) or General Industrial (IG) Zoning District and outside the separation requirements listed in Section 14-53.122 of the Watsonville Municipal Code. An applicant or licensee may have one cultivation and one manufacturing site upon which cannabis is cultivated and/or manufactured in the City, if each site is permitted.
To download a map showing potentially eligible cannabis facilities, click
Please refer to the Application Procedure for information on the application process . A pre-application is required prior to application for an Administrative Use Permit. All pre-applications will be reviewed and pre-approved by a selection committee consisting of senior staff from the City Manager's Office, Police Department, Fire Department, Human Resources Department and Community Development Department.
The City is not accepting any applications at this time. In 2016, the Watsonville City Council adopted regulations for the establishment of up to six medical cannabis cultivation facilities, and has issued six permits.
The City is currently working on regulations for testing, distribution and transport of cannabis. It is likely that the City Council will consider regulations for those activities later this year (2018). It is not likely that cannabis dispensary regulations will be considered prior to 2019.
Yes, a Live Scan criminal background check is required for all facility owners, managers and employees from the Police Department annually.
The Live Scan process involves submitting fingerprints to the DOJ, which will review for criminal offender record information (CORI). CORI reports will be provided to the City of Watsonville for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for operating a cannabis facility. Those who do not meet criminal history eligibility requirements will be disqualified.
To download a request for Live Scan form, please click here.
Yes, all owners, managers and employees must be issued an identification badge from the Police Department, in accordance with WMC Section 14-53.208. No owner, manager or employee shall engage in any activities associated with the cultivation or manufacturing of cannabis without first obtaining a valid identification badge.
Here are the steps for obtaining an identification badge:
The property owner is responsible for property maintaining this area (see City of Watsonville Municipal Code Title 7 Chapter 2). This responsibility includes maintenance of damaged or displaced concrete, abatement of weeds or debris, and the maintenance of trees and shrubs whether on private or public property. Replace and trimming of street trees and shrubs is further governed by the Parks & Community Services Department.
The owner of property adjoining a sidewalk area is liable for injuries caused by that owner's failure to maintain the sidewalk area in a safe condition (see City of Watsonville Municipal Code on sidewalks, Title 7 chapter 2.)
Visibility - When parkway strip shrubbery interferes with vehicle operator visibility, trimming to a maximum height of thirty inches is required. Thirty (30) inches maximum height, 25 feet minimum sight distance at corners).
Walkway and Gutter Clearance - Trimming of ground cover or shrubs is required when there is an encroachment onto the sidewalk or gutter and must clear seven ft. (7'+) over the sidewalk.
Obstacles in the Parkway Strip - Elimination of tree stumps, large rocks, trash, holes, and some built-up planters is required. When the parkway strip is unimproved or landscaped and there is a drop, the parkway strip must be filled with dirt or other material (no asphalt) to eliminate tripping hazards.
Repair of the sidewalk concrete is required in the following circumstances:
Curb and gutter repair is required in the following circumstances:
Construction of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks in City streets may be performed by a "C8" or "A" licensed and insured contractor. A permit is required for concrete repair, and will be issued to licensed contractors for a fee by Community Development. You can also enter into a contract with Public Works to have the repairs made with a 12-month interest free loan.
With technology, you can now search the internet for local contractors or you can look in the yellow pages of the phone book. The "C8" or "A" licensed contractor selected must secure a concrete construction permit from Community Development.
Yes, all work and materials must be in conformance with the City of Watsonville Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction and Parks and Recreation ISA Standards.
Before placing any concrete you must have the forms, base, tree root removal, and saw cuts inspected. After approval, a City-approved concrete mix must be used. Finish must be a light brook finish with score marks to match the existing sidewalk. After the work is completed, you must call for a final inspection. A permit is required for all concrete work in the public right-of-way. To obtain a permit or arrange an inspection, call (831) 768-3110.
In an effort to beautify our City's neighborhoods, street trees are encouraged in front of each residence. The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the street tree and for the cost of concrete repair, even though the concrete may have been raised by the street tree. Certain species of trees may raise concrete if preventative maintenance is not performed.
In extreme cases, street trees cannot be saved and must be removed before the sidewalk and/or curb and gutter can be replaced. City standards require replacement of the tree, to be selected from a list of approved street trees. Proper tree selection is critical and is reviewed by the City Arborist. The tree permit process in these cases must be pursued before a concrete permit can be issued. Tree permits are issued by the Public Works Director. Tree work permitting is governed by Chapter 7-11.
To reduce the chance of future concrete displacement, trees can be root-pruned and a root barrier installed. Care must be taken when root pruning to avoid damaging underground utilities.
Also deep-watering the tree, that is, applying a slow trickle of water over a 24-hour period, encourages deeper root growth which reduces the chance of sidewalk damage.
Once you have completed the application along with any supplemental materials, you may submit your hard copy by mail, email, fax or in person to the Human Resources Department.
The City works regularly with the help of several volunteer groups to keep the slough and river trails free of litter and debris. In the summer of 2018, Measure D funds will be utilized to regrade or repave the trails in a few key locations.
Although the City does not prohibit boating in the sloughs, it discourages it in order to protect the wetland habitat and its wildlife.
Note: For sections of the wetlands on the west side of the highway, the public must obtain permission from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to enter.
You may make an appointment with a Planner by directly contacting a Planner 24 hours in advance or stopping by during drop-in counter hours. Drop-in counter hours are 1:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Over the counter permit processing is on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The counter is closed during lunchtime from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
The Zoning Clearance is the procedure the City uses to determine whether a business meets the zoning requirements for a particular location and to approve the establishment of the business use at that location. The Zoning Clearance is a one-time clearance with a one-time fee to establish a business at a specific location.
The Zoning Clearance process gives the Planning Division an opportunity to verify that a proposed land use is allowed in the applicable zoning district and that the use complies with the development standards of the Zoning Ordinance. When a Zoning Clearance is requested, a staff planner reviews the business description and location and determines if the proposed use is principally permitted, subject to a Use Permit, or prohibited. The planner also reviews the proposed use for consistency with previous permits that may have been issued on the property.
Yes, the planner at the public counter can process a Business License application concurrently with your Zoning Clearance payment.
The registered owner of the vehicle must be present with a valid driver license or with a valid ID and accompanied with someone with a valid driver license.
Vehicle registration must be valid. If registration is incomplete, a DMV Moving Permit will be required. The Vehicle Release Fee is $186.
Call dispatch at 831-471-1151 or request to speak to an officer at the
Call Assistant Administrative Analyst Angelica Jauregui 831-768-3386 and she will explain the process to you.
Entertainment Permits: 5-9.02 WMC requires anyone having an event with entertainment (as defined in WMC 5-09.01) open to the Public or at a private club, must obtain a permit from the WPD 30 days prior to the event. You can obtain an Entertainment Permit application from Watsonville Police Department Records division. The cost is $150.
Sound Permits: 5-34.01 WMC are required when using any sound amplifying device within the city limits on public or private property. In most cases the permits are valid till 10 p.m., but the sound must not disturb the peace of neighbors or businesses nearby.
You can apply for a permit by obtaining a Sound Permit application from the Watsonville Police Department Records division. The cost is currently $200.
Contact Enforcement Technology at 866-449-7581 or you can look up your citation via the
This service is available for residents of the City of Watsonville only. Address verification will be required. Wastes generated outside Watsonville city limits are not accepted.The Waste and Recycling Drop-Off is open:9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Monday - Saturday