Application Forms

Due to varying procedural requirements in state law and county ordinances, each type of permit may be subject to different processing requirements. Please see the filing requirement checklists and related application submittal material below.

We recommend that you prepare some preliminary plans and bring them to the our front counter located at 2222 "M" Street, 2nd Floor, Merced, CA 95340 so that we can review them before you submit your application. An informal meeting at this stage may save you considerable time and money later on. The goal of every staff member is to help you get your project approved. After seeing very preliminary plans, the counter staff can help you by identifying potential problems and pointing out what kinds of changes, if any, you might have to make. Then you can create your formal plans and submit your application.


  1. Administrative Permit
  2. Antiquated Subdivision
  3. Appeal
  4. Conditional Use Permit
  5. Certificate of Compliance
  6. Development Agreement
  7. General Plan Amendment
  8. Home Occupation
  9. Major Modification
  10. Major Subdivision
  11. Minor Modification
  12. Minor Deviation
  13. Minor Subdivision
  14. Property Line Adjustment
  15. Site Plan & Design Review
  16. Surface Mining Application
  17. Temporary Use Permit
  18. Zoning Clearance
  19. Zoning Code Amendment
  20. Zoning Map Amendment
  21. Variance
  22. Voluntary Merger

Administrative Permit

Administrative Permits are for uses of land that require special review and control to ensure they are compatible with the neighborhood and surrounding residences. They are considered more likely to have greater impacts than uses permitted by right in the zone, but lesser impacts than uses permitted under Conditional Use Permits. 

Administrative Permits are discretionary acts (i.e., the Planning Director or Planning Commission is not compelled to approve them) which may ultimately result in land uses that could have a significant effect on the environment. They are, therefore, subject to environmental review. 

When the Zoning Code requires an Administrative Permit for a use proposed by an applicant, the processing is completed at one of three levels: 1) “Over-the-Counter” approval; 2) Planning Director decision; 3) Hearing Officer decision at a public hearing.; or, 4) Planning Commission decision at a public hearing. The level of review is determined by the project proposal, its location, potential for controversy or opposition, potential environmental impacts, and other such considerations.