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  • Persons recovering from addiction to drugs and/or alcohol are considered to be disabled under state and federal law.

  • Definitions

  • The difference between a Residential Care Facility and a Sober Living Home

  • How the City regulates sober living homes.

  • Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes are permitted in single-family residential neighborhoods (R1 zones).

  • Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes are permitted in multifamily residential zones (R2-MD, R2-HD, R3, PDR-LD, PDR-HD, PDR-NCM, PDC, and PDI).

  • Reasonable Accommodation.

  • When a state license is required.

  • Overconcentration standards/separation requirements between Residential Care Facilities.

  • Limitations on the number of Group Homes that can locate in a certain area.

  • Group homes are not considered a business operation.

  • The City allows neighbors to provide input when the City is making a decision about granting a permit to a Group Home or licensed care facility to locate in a residential neighborhood.

  • Factors the City may consider when evaluating an application for a group home or licensed care facility

  • Types of conditions the City may impose when approving a group home or residential care facility.

  • Protections for individuals who may be evicted from a group home

  • How to report disturbances and potential zoning violations.

  • Locations of group homes and residential care facilities

  • I received a violation notice from your office, but I have questions. Who can help me?

  • I have a concern, but I don't see it listed under the ordinances and codes listed here. Where else could I find additional information?

  • How many cases does code enforcement work on in a year?

  • How quickly do you respond to a submitted concern?

  • How do I file a concern?

  • What State laws does code staff enforce?

  • What local City ordinances does the code staff currently enforce?

  • What is Code Enforcement?

  • How you I report an issue online or with a smart phone app?

  • Why do I see the fire engine at the grocery store everyday, and who pays for their food?

  • Why are there are so many firefighters at medical emergencies and at fire safety inspections?

  • What information should I have when reporting a 9-1-1 emergency

  • How long does it take a fire engine to get to a fire or medical emergency after 911 has been called?

  • What is the work schedule for firefighters?

  • When responding to a call in the “middle of the night” do the firefighters have to use the sirens even though traffic is minimal?

  • Why did you chop that big hole in my roof? The fire was in the kitchen, not the attic!

  • When I call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency, why does the fire department show up?

  • What do firefighters do when they are not on emergency calls?

  • What can I expect when the Fire Department conducts a fire inspection in my place of business?

  • Why does the Fire Department bring the fire engine just for a simple inspection?

  • How often do I need to change the battery in my smoke detector?

  • Where can I get information about current volunteer opportunities?

  • Where can I find employee compensation and benefit information?

  • I am interested in a position with the City but it is not listed on the employment opportunites page?

  • What employment opportunities does the City have and how can I apply for a job?

  • How do I schedule a ride along?

  • How much does it cost to get a police report?

  • Does Costa Mesa police provide Livescan (fingerprinting) services?

  • How can I get a restraining order?

  • Do I have to pay for a bicycle license?

  • Where are the Costa Mesa parks and community centers?

  • What time does the park open/close?

  • What happens if it rains on the day of my event? Do I get a refund?

  • What do I do if someone else is using the area I reserved on the day of my event?

  • Can I host a birthday party at the park without a reservation?

  • What form of payment is accepted?

  • I want to cancel my reservation. What do I need to do?

  • What do I do if I reserved the wrong date and/or park for my event?

  • When will I receive a refund for my park reservation deposit?

  • Are there electrical outlets for use by the public at the park shelters?

  • Am I allowed to bring my own barbecue to a city park?

  • Can I make a park reservation over the phone or online?

  • Do I need a permit to fly model aircrafts/drones airplanes at Fairview Park?

  • Can I put a hold on a park reservation before paying the fee?

  • Do I need a reservation to use a picnic shelter at a city park?

  • How do I contact a Parks and Recreation commissioner?

  • How do I make a reservation for a park shelter or picnic area?

  • How do I obtain a parcel at the Del Mar or Hamilton Community Garden?

  • How long may I reserve the park shelter or picnic area?

  • Do I need a reservation to have a picnic on an open grass area?

  • How long will a Costa Mesa green building program last?

  • How can I become green at home?

  • How can I become green through recycling?

  • How can I become green at work?

  • How can I become green with my car?

  • How can I become green through recycling?

  • Do I need a building permit?

  • How do I check building permit information?

  • How do I obtain a business license?

  • How do I obtain a film permit?

  • How do I obtain building permits?

  • How do I speak with an inspector?

  • What building codes apply?

  • Where do I obtain a building permit?

  • Who may obtain a building permit?