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FAQ Topic: Permits & licensing

Do I need a sign permit?

You’re definitely going to want to contact us to find out if you need a sign permit for any new commercial business signs intended for public view. For your application you’ll need to provide: Photographs of all existing signs on the building. An inventory of all existing signs on the site. This inventory should include location … Continued

Do I need an encroachment permit if I am getting my sewer fixed?

If any part of the sewer repair work occurs under the sidewalk or the street, then the answer is yes. To submit an encroachment permit application, contact Public Works by email or call  them at (415) 485-3355. For more information on Encroachment Permits refer to San Rafael Municipal Code Section 11.04  

Do I need a building permit?

Building permits are required to build, enlarge, alter, remove, demolish, or repair a structure. This includes everything from houses and garages to commercial construction, tenant improvements to signs. Some work does not require a permit, so check here first. Prior to getting a building permit, you should first check with the Planning Division to make … Continued

Do I need an encroachment permit?

Encroachment permits are required if you plan to do any construction work in the public right-of-way. Meaning, any work in the sidewalk area, in an easement, on city owned property (median islands, parks, city facilities) or in the street. Common reasons you’ll need one: Utility saw-cuts Excavation News stands Bicycle racks Sidewalk dining Debris boxes … Continued

Do I need a permit to have an outdoor fire?

You may have an outdoor fire in an outdoor fire pit or fireplace but check for Winter Spare the Air Alerts before you burn. Residents and businesses can call 1-877-4NO-BURN (1-877-466-2876) to check theWinter Spare the Air Alert status and to report wood smoke concerns in their area. Kindling an outdoor fire is prohibited in extreme fire weather when … Continued

How do I register my vehicle?

Sorry, but you’re going to have to go to the DMV. To register a vehicle in California: Visit a local CA DMV office; the nearest are in Corte Madera and Novato. Present proof of ownership and a smog certificate. Provide proof of your ID and car insurance. Complete an Application for Title or Registration (Form … Continued

How do I get my dog licensed?

It’s important to license your dog. Not only will it help you find your dog if they get lost, it’s also required by law. Learn more about how to license your dog and fill out an application today. You’ll need a copy of your dog’s rabies vaccination, proof that your dog has been spayed or … Continued

How do I get a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate?

Birth, death, or public marriage certificates, collectively known as vital records, can be ordered from the Marin County Recorder’s office if those documents are registered in Marin County. For information on vital records, please contact the Marin County Recorder’s office at (415) 473-7215.

How do I get a marriage license?

Marriage licenses can be obtained from the Marin County Clerk’s Office. For information on marriage licenses, please contact the Marin County Clerk’s office at (415) 473-7215.

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