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Dog licensing and rabies vaccinations are required by the California Health and Safety Code as well as City Ordinance.
Each household may only have three dogs or cats over the age of four months unless the your household has a current home occupation permit, zoning permit or conditional use permit to operate a kennel or cattery.
State law requires that we hold animals at least three (3) days to afford it a chance for the owner to reclaim or have it adopted. There is a fee to the owner when an animal is reclaimed; this fee covers the City’s cost for caring for the animal.
Contact our office via the dispatch line 559-846-8800 and schedule an appointment with an Animal Control Officer. They will explain the complaint process and discuss options with you. Sometimes the problem can be resolved with a visit from us.
We would much rather keep your information confidential and resolve the problem. However, if the complaint results in a criminal complaint being filed you may be called to testify.
Contact dispatch at 559-846-8800 right away. A report must be taken and the bite incident documented. It's important to make sure your animal is confined and you have your most recent rabies vaccination certificate available. The investigating officer will request any additional information needed.
Reminders are sent out to dog owners as a courtesy. The owner is responsible for making sure all vaccinations and the license are kept current.
Under normal circumstances the first rabies vaccination your pet is given remains current for one year. This is regardless of the animal's age. The second vaccination will remain current for three years. If you have questions concerning your pet's rabies vaccination status please consult with your veterinarian.
Possibly - each State establishes their own rabies control programs, which include vaccination interval and specific vaccine use. Your veterinarian can determine if the vaccine your pet was given was approved for California. An approved vaccine list is available from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Animal Health Division’s website.
Although the animal control staff is very knowledgeable on animal health issues and vaccination protocols, we are not licensed veterinarians. The health of your pet is important; treatment based on a conversation without proper medical diagnosis can be dangerous. Only a licensed veterinarian working cooperatively with the owner can determine what is best for a pet.
When an animal is impounded, it is done so for the animal’s protection and public safety. With very few exceptions, the reason for the animal being in the Animal Control Facility is owner related. The owner bears a portion of the cost for the impounding, housing and medical treatment of their animal.
Current state law allows a dog owner to tie their dog to a fixed object for up to 3 hours. The law also specifies that if a dog is tied for more than 3 hours, it must be on a cable runner to allow the animal free movement. There can be severe consequences and fine for not following the “Tethering Law.”
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Assessor's parcel numbers are 12-digit numbers assigned by the County of Fresno assessor for property tax purposes. Assessor's parcel numbers are used to track records and projects. A parcel number may be obtained from a property tax bill or from the Assessor's Office at 559-600-3534.
All properties within the City are assigned a zoning classification. For example, many properties are assigned an R-1 or Residential One-Family zoning classification. Like land use designations described below, zoning establishes the distribution, location, and extent of the uses of property. Zoning classifications are more specific than land use designations. For example, zoning designations specify building height and setback requirements.
Individual zoning classifications affect all residential structures such as dwellings, home additions, fences, swimming pools, and garages, as well as all commercial and other structures like offices, barns and lumber mills.
Zoning regulations also control what is allowed in specific areas of the City. For example, a property owner typically can conduct a business in a commercial area but not in a residential area except under limited conditions. Similarly, industrial uses are allowed in industrial areas and limited in agricultural areas.
Zoning regulations also contain combining zones and other standards may also apply to a property. The purpose of the Zoning Regulations is to implement the City's general plan in part by regulating development in accordance with this plan. At the same time, they also help to minimize conflicts resulting from incompatible uses.
Similar to zoning designations described above, all properties within the City are also assigned a land use designation. For example, many properties are assigned an RI or Residential-Low Density designation. Land use designations are derived from the land use goals, policies, and standards of the City’s general plan. Residential land use designations also establish a residential density expressed in terms of residential units per acre. Land use designations are more general than zoning classifications. Typically, land use designations focus on allowed uses whereas zoning classifications provide specific standards related to building height and setbacks. Both are used by decision-makers to determine whether a proposed use, development, or subdivision is appropriate.
Setbacks are required distances between the vertical walls of buildings and property boundaries. Generally, they are described as front, rear and side yard setbacks. Setbacks vary from zero to fifty feet depending on the zoning classification for the property. Typically the front yard faces the road. However, irregularly shaped parcels or parcels that abut more than one road can have unique setback requirements.
Setbacks and zoning classifications are described in the Kerman Municipal Code.
The minimum size of a parcel is the smallest lot you can create on a property. It is an important consideration for subdivisions and lot line adjustments. The zone classification determines minimum parcel sizes.
Generally, the zoning ordinance allows development to occur on parcels that don't meet the minimum parcel size as if they met the minimum parcel size. However, health and safety requirements other than the zone classification still apply. For example, onsite sewage disposal requires minimum parcel sizes that may differ from the zoning ordinance.
The City's Website shows parcels and zoning boundaries, which can be used to determine the zoning for your property.
Minimum parcel size and zoning classifications are described in the Kerman Municipal Code.
Construction or alteration of any residence requires a building permit from the Building Division. Other permit requirements may also apply. In areas without public sewer, sewage disposal system permits are required from the Environmental Health Division. For properties along City roads, an encroachment permit may be required from Planning and Development Services. Other local, state or federal permit requirements may also apply.
Special requirements may apply to rebuilding or altering structures which do not conform to the development standards or allowed uses of the zone classification. More information on nonconforming structures can be found elsewhere on this page.
For more information about which permits may apply, please contact Planning and Development Services at 559-846-9386 or visit our office at:850 S Madera AvenueKerman, CA 93630
With a building permit, new manufactured homes are allowed by the zoning ordinance the same as other homes. Older manufactured homes are permitted in areas with a T-Manufactured Home or M-Manufactured Home combining zone. Other permits may be required. For example, if the property is located in the coastal zone, the placement of a manufactured home may need a coastal development permit.
Second units are permitted in many residential zoning districts. All new second units require a building permit from the Building Division and may require other permits from the Planning Division. In general, second units are encouraged in the R-1, Residential Single Family zoning districts.
Fences up to six feet high are exempt from zoning setback and building permit requirements. A fence over six feet high is subject to setback requirements from property lines and requires a building permit from the Building Division. Fences along roads may have special restrictions in height and material according to the Kerman Municipal Code, which establishes standards to ensure adequate visibility corridors for pedestrian and vehicle safety.
Tree removal involves numerous considerations including fire safety, neighborhood character, and protection of sensitive resources such as habitat.
Tree removal requirements depend on many factors. We recommended contacting the Public Works Department for more information. Please call 559-846-9343 or visit us at:15201 W California AvenueKerman, CA 93630
There are two types of easements. One is a recorded easement that is discovered through the title search process usually conducted by a title company at the time of property transfer. Another is a prescriptive easement which occurs when a property has been used historically for ingress and egress with or without permission.
A nonconforming building or use is one which was established prior to the zoning regulations, and does not meet current development standards or the uses allowed by the zone classification. Nonconforming buildings or uses are commonly known as being "grandfathered in".
To be recognized as legal and non-conforming, the structure or use must be used continuously for the same purpose without interruption for more than two years.
Special requirements apply to nonconforming structures and uses. For more information please contact Planning and Development Services at 559- 846-936 or visit our office at:850 S Madera AvenueKerman, CA 93630
Structures with allowed uses that conform to the standards of the zone classification may be rebuilt with a building permit from the Building Inspection Division. All state and local standards for sewage disposal must also be met when a structure is rebuilt. Structures destroyed by fire must be rebuilt within two years.
Nonconforming structures or uses may also be rebuilt in certain situations. For example, single family homes in commercial zones may be rebuilt with a building permit. However, rebuilding commercial structures in residential zones would only be allowed if the new structure is the same size as the old structure. Minor exceptions may be allowed with a special permit from the Planning Division.
Legal, nonconforming residences may be altered or enlarged with a building permit from the Building Inspection Division if the alteration meets the required setbacks.
Alterations that do not change the footprint of a structure such as windows, siding or interior remodels are allowed with a building permit. However, when the alteration does not meet the required setbacks, a variance is required from the Planning Division. For more information please contact Planning and Development Services at 559-846-936 or visit our office at:850 S Madera AvenueKerman, CA 93630
Subdivisions must be consistent with the minimum parcel size of the zoning classification and the maximum density of the land use designation. In cases where the zoning classification and land use designation allow for different parcel sizes or density, the most restrictive will apply.
For example, a parcel with an Rl, Residential Low Density land use designation typically has a maximum density of seven dwellings per acre so a one acre parcel could potentially be subdivided into seven parcels. And, if the minimum parcel size allowed by the zone classification was 5,000 square feet per parcel, a seven parcel subdivision would also be consistent with zone classification. However, if the minimum parcel size of the zone classification was 10,000 square feet per parcel, only a four parcel subdivision would be allowed.
For more information please contact Planning and Development Services at 559-846-936 or visit our office at:850 S Madera AvenueKerman, CA 93630
For small scale projects such as new roofs or new electrical service, building permits can be issued the same day. These are commonly known as over the counter permits and are issued that same day. For other larger scale projects, building permits usually take two to three months for a typical project, and follow these seven basic steps:
For more information on the building permit process please call Planning and Development Services at 559-846-936 or visit our office at:850 S Madera AvenueKerman, CA 93630
Planning permits follow these basic steps:
For more information on the planning permit process please contact Planning and Development Services at 559-846-936 or visit our office at:850 S Madera AvenueKerman, CA 93630
Fees depend on project type and location. The Planning and Development Services Department also collects fees on behalf of other participating agencies. The most current fee schedule can be found on our Planning and Development Application.
The Planning and Development Services Department offers two services to assist with the planning permit application process. Planning Division staff provides direction to applicants regarding application submittal requirements, estimates of permit fees and processing time, and an overview of the permit process. They also assist with filling out the application form, provides application documents such as plot plans and compiles other essential documents.
Typically, if a use is principally permitted in the zoning code, the use does not require a permit from the Planning Division. Construction of structures still requires a building permit; however, in some cases a discretionary permit from the Planning Division is generally required, even if a use is principally permitted.
Uses that are conditionally permitted in the zoning code always require a discretionary permit from the Planning Division. Examples of discretionary permits include Conditional Use Permits and Special Permits.
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is responsible for review and approval of annexations. The city, county and LAFCo work together in reviewing proposed annexations.
No. These deed restrictions are private agreements, and enforced by the property owner. Deed restrictions can be researched through a title company or the Fresno County Recorder's Office.
Contact 811 before you dig.
Complete the Request for Police Report (PDF) and submit to the Kerman Police Department. Please note there is a $12 cost for the report and it may take up to 10 working days to process this request.
Yes. Please call 559-846-6633 to report your vacation information or complete the patrol check form (PDF) and submit to the Police Department.
Hard copies Monday through Friday during business hours and Live Scan - by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
First, you will need to provide us with the vehicle license plate number or VIN. If the vehicle is currently registered, under most circumstances, we can issue a release. You will be responsible for towing and storage fees to the tow company. You may also be responsible for administrative fees to the Kerman Police Department depending on the situation.
If your vehicle was impounded for driving without a license, suspended license or DUI, it can be held in impound for a period of 30 days. You will have to contact the Records Department at 559-846-6633, for more information.
You may contact Kerman Police Department at 559-846-6633.
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The Police Department does not handle the restraining order process. Our duty is to enforce the restraining orders after they have been issued by the court. To obtain a restraining order contact the Fresno Superior Court.
First, talk to your neighbor and ask for their cooperation. If you need immediate assistance call the dispatch line at 559-846-8800 or 559-600-3111.
For any life threatening emergencies, you should dial 911. For non- emergencies, you may call the call the dispatch line at 559-846-8800 or 559-600-3111 to report. Calls can remain anonymous.
You can call 559-846-8800 and ask to speak to the supervising sergeant.
Megan’s law makes it legal for the public to learn about registered sex offenders in the State of California and in their own community. The information can now be viewed online through the California Attorney General’s Office.
Use the Water Wasting Report Form. The City appreciates your participation in reporting water wasting. Working together to save water, we will Reduce Our Use!
Use the toilet rebate information and application (PDF). The City of Kerman offers residential customers in single and multi-family homes a rebate program when they replace old high water use toilets.
The most common leak may be in your toilet with the second most common being your sprinkler valve. We have provided a do-it yourself video to assist you in finding the leak.
Contact Harmeen Kaur, Water Conservation Specialist at 559-846-9372.
The City adopts revised outdoor watering schedule during less sever drought conditions.
A survey of all vacant properties will begin on April 1. Weed Abatement Posting notices will be mailed and posted on the property throughout the spring season. A re-inspection will be conducted in May.
The deadline for mowing, discing and/or cleaning properties is generally June 1. This date is used loosely because so much depends on the weather during April and May. If late spring rains occur, then properties may need to be mowed or disced several times in order to comply with city standards.
Sometimes a property is cleaned after a property has been initially surveyed. Due to the size of the city, it takes an entire month to survey all vacant lots within the city limits. If you have any doubts about the status of your property, please call the Planning and Development Department at 559-846-9386.
Yes, although individual neighborhoods are not generally surveyed, if complaints are received they will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Remember, the primary condition that will be considered is whether the property poses a fire hazard.
If you are the property owner, then you are exclusively responsible for maintaining the condition of that property.
At times, the records are not always up to date. The Weed Abatement Posting Notice is sent to the last known owner on Fresno County's assessment roll. Please let the North Central Fire District know immediately that you are no longer the owner, by calling 559-275-5531. Any new owner information is appreciated.