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Landscape standards for residential districts can be found under Palmdale Municipal Code Section 17.41.090.H
City of Palmdale Ordinance No. 1176 outlines the requirements of installation and appropriate maintenance of front and street corner side yard landscaping in single family residential zones.For a list of drought tolerant plants and trees, view the City’s Approved Plant and Tree List.
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Fencing can be installed in accordance with Palmdale Municipal Code Section 17.86.040.
Residentially designated properties can install a fence with a maximum height of 6 1/2 feet in all locations except in the front yard setback. The maximum fence height in the front yard setback for properties less than 20,000 square feet (i.e., the portion of the property extending from the front of the house toward the street) is five feet, of which three feet can be a solid material and two feet must be open view. The maximum fence height in the front yard setback for properties 20,000 square feet or larger is six feet, of which three feet can be a solid material and three feet must be open view. Fencing materials are limited to masonry, wrought iron, and vinyl. Chain link fencing is only permitted when not visible from the public right-of-way.
Commercially and industrially designated properties can install a fence with a maximum height of six feet in all locations except within the building and landscaping setback. Depending on the location of the property, the landscape setback is generally 10 to 20 feet, and the building setback is typically an additional 10 feet beyond the landscape setback. Within the landscape setback, the maximum fence height is three feet and within the building setback, the maximum fence height is four feet. Industrial properties may also install fencing for screening purposes up to eight feet in height with approval from Planning. If walls taller than eight feet are proposed, approval must be granted by the Planning Commission through a Conditional Use Permit. Fencing materials are limited to masonry, wrought iron, and vinyl. Chain link fencing is only permitted when not visible from the public right-of-way.
Accessory or secondary dwelling units are permitted in the A-1, R-1, R-2, R-3, and MX zones in compliance within Palmdale Municipal Code Section 17.91.030.
No permit is required. However, you are only allowed two garage or yard sales per year. No signage is allowed in the public right-of-way, see Palmdale Municipal Code Section 17.91.080 for more information.
The exact location of property lines for a parcel can only be determined by a licensed surveyor. The general location of property lines can be determined by using the Los Angeles County Assessor’s map to determine property dimensions and location from the centerline of the adjacent street(s).
Yes, it can be viewed at Palmdale Municipal Code.
Yes, it may be accessed at GIS
Yes, it may be accessed at Zoning Map.
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A temporary POD may be allowed at a residential location but must be placed on the driveway. However, it cannot be located within the front yard setback. An Encroachment Permit is required if it is located in the public right-of-way. Please contact Engineering at 661-267-5353 to obtain the necessary permit.
In residential districts, recreational vehicles may be parked on the driveway, and any interior side or rear yard provided:
For more information, please reference Palmdale Municipal Code Section 17.82.050 (Use of Yards).
The City allows for a maximum of 40 percent of the front yard, excluding the driveway, to be covered with impervious surfaces (concrete, pavers, or any other material that does not allow water to flow through).
Most patio covers can be approved over the counter in Planning. A Zone Clearance application for a Single-Family Minor Modification, site plan, architectural elevation, and permit fee for approval are required. For additional information, such as required setbacks, please view the Palmdale Municipal Code Section 17.82.
Vehicles can be parked in any interior side or rear yard provided that:
For more information, view Palmdale Municipal Code Section 17.82.050.
A property can be subdivided for future development by submitting of a Tentative Parcel Map (TPM) or Tentative Tract Map (TTM) application. A TPM is used to subdivide a parcel into four or fewer parcels, while a TTM is used to subdivide a parcel into five or more parcels. The application can be found under the Planning Division applications.
Palmdale Municipal Code (PMC) requires that all single-family homes maintain a fully enclosed two car garage with a free and clear interior dimension of at least 20 feet wide and 22 feet long. A garage cannot be converted into a bedroom unless there is space on the property to construct another two car garage, or there is a third car garage space. Approval of a Zoning Clearance application for a Single-Family Minor Modification is required for a garage conversion. The application fee is $63, and requires submittal of a site plan, floor plan, and architectural elevations of the proposed conversion. The application can be found under the Planning applications.
Contact Code Enforcement at 661-267-5234.
The City maintains a Development Summary of projects that have been applied, approved, and completed. The most current Development Summary can be viewed on the in the Planning webpage.