HOW TO OBTAIN A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP)?
It is important to understand the various permits and approvals required for your projects. Two such permits that you may encounter in your work are administrative use permits (AUPs) and conditional use permits (CUPs). While both AUPs and CUPs serve similar purposes, there are some key differences between the two that you should be aware of.
An administrative use permit (AUP) is a type of land use permit that is issued by a local government agency, such as a city or county planning department. It is typically used for smaller, routine development projects that do not require a public hearing or extensive review. Examples of projects that may require an AUP include installing a new sign, adding a deck to a home, or making minor renovations to a commercial building.
A conditional use permit (CUP) is also a type of land use permit that is issued by a local government agency. However, it is typically used for larger or more complex development projects that may have potential impacts on the surrounding community. Examples of projects that may require a CUP include building a new apartment complex, constructing a large commercial development, or operating a business in a residential area.
One key difference between AUPs and CUPs is the level of scrutiny and review required. AUPs are generally easier to obtain, as they do not require a public hearing or extensive review. CUPs, on the other hand, may require a public hearing and more in-depth review to ensure that the proposed development is compatible with the surrounding area.
Another difference is that AUPs are typically issued for specific, minor changes to a property, while CUPs are issued for broader, more significant changes. For example, an AUP might be used to allow a homeowner to add a small garage to their property, while a CUP might be required for a developer to build a new shopping center in a residential area.
In conclusion, it is important to understand the differences between administrative use permits (AUPs) and conditional use permits (CUPs) when planning your construction projects. AUPs are generally easier to obtain and are used for smaller, routine projects, while CUPs are required for larger, more complex developments that may have potential impacts on the surrounding community.
DRAMS Architects and Construction can help you navigate the permitting process and ensure that your projects are in compliance with all local regulations.