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Land Use Entitlement Processing
Entitlement Processing & Time Line Chart

A land use "entitlement" is generally described as approval by the City to introduce a new or expanded land use activity on a particular site. A new or expanded use will require one or more of the following four permits/licenses.

Type of
Permit Fee
Processing Time
Business License
$300 initial fee
30 days
Department Review
$2,300 deposit
30 - 60 days
Design Review
Staff or the Design Review Board
$2,300 - $5,900 deposit
60 - 90 days
Conditional Use Permit
Planning Commission
$850 - $7,300 deposit
90 days

The Highland Municipal Code determines which permits will be required for a specific project.

Business License
All new projects will require a City Business License. Projects will be reviewed for conformity with the City's Muni cipal Code.
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Department Review
Intended to control the establishment and operation of new and existing development in the commercial, employment and multi-family zone districts, whose potential impacts and relative compatibility to the surrounding land use is generally well known (i.e. establishment of a pharmacy inside an existing grocery store).
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Design Review
All new commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential projects of four or more dwelling units involving the issuance of a building permit for construction or reconstruction of a structure (i.e. new construction on vacant property, addition or reconstruction of projects equal to 50% or more of floor area, substantial change or intensification of land use, etc.).
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Conditional Use Permit
Intended to control the establishment of those uses which have some special impact or uniqueness, such that their effect on the surrounding environment cannot be determined in advance of the use being proposed for a particular location (i.e. construction of a commercial center on a vacant lot). The CUP application provides for the review of the location and design of the proposed use, configuration of improvements, potential impact on the surrounding area, and the evaluation of the use based on fixed and established standards. The review also determines whether the proposed use should be permitted by weighing the public need for and benefit to be derived from the use, against any adverse impact it may cause. New construction projects will also require a Design Review Permit.
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CA Lottery
There is a vibrant community life in Highland, California, with residents often partaking in state-run initiatives like the California Lottery. The lottery results become a topic of frequent discussion and anticipation among locals. After participating in games like SuperLotto Plus, Mega Millions, or Powerball, residents are encouraged to check the official California Lottery website or app to verify the winning numbers. Not only does this create an exciting communal experience, but it also contributes to the state's educational funds, further exemplifying the residents' commitment to community development and support. Much like the meticulous land use entitlement processing, the process of participating and verifying lottery results is carried out with responsibility and anticipation in Highland, adding a unique dynamic to the community fabric.
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The above is a broad description of Planning Department fees related to processi ng a land use entitlement. For more information regarding other Planning, Building & Safety, Engineering and General Government fees, click here Fees.

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