Temporary Use Permits (TUP’s) are used for special activities, events, or structures that are beneficial to the Public for limited periods of time; even though it would not comply with building, fire, zoning, or other local codes. Chapter 15.60 of the National City Municipal Code (URL: page 82) regulates these permits. In general, any organized activity that uses public property, facilities, parks, sidewalks, streets, or any public right-of-ways applicants need to obtain this permit. In some cases, activities or events taking place on private property also require a TUP. There are 3 types of TUPs for different uses and activity; they are Class A, Class B, and Class C TUP’s.
Descriptions of Temporary Use Permits
Class A Uses/Activities, requiring City Council approval:
Class B Uses/Activities subject to conditions and City Codes, as applicable:
Class C Uses/Activities subject to Business License Regulations:
NOTE: Uses/activities exceeding the duration as specified on the business license shall require the approval of the City Council.
Applications need to be submitted than the following specified number of days prior to the commencement of the use activity:
Note: The City Council will not approve the sale or consumption of alcohol in City parks in conjunction with any event requiring a T.U.P. This prohibition will not impact the existing policy regarding the sale or consumption of alcohol within buildings in the parks, such as the Community Center, which will continue to be subject to the approval of the City Council.
Click here to download the Temporary Use Permit (T.U.P.) Application. Inside the application packets, the following forms must be completed and submitted:
Department of Environmental Health, Community Food and Housing
Under the authority of the California Health and Safety Code, the County of San Diego Environmental Health Dept. has the responsibility to regulate the selling of food during special events, like fairs and festivals. The primary objective is to reduce public health risks by assuring that the food items sold are safe and wholesome for consumption.
It is required that every special event's organizer provide adequate sanitary facilities, enclosed food booths and potable water during the event. Prior to the event, each food booth participant must file an application for Heath Permit for Special Events. An assigned Environmental Health Specialist conducts an inspection of sanitary facilities and each food booth to ascertain that food items are prepared and handled in a sanitary manner during the event.
A. Class A Use: The City Council has established the fee for processing Class A Temporary Use Permit applications at 100 percent of all direct and indirect costs incurred to City departments reviewing the application. In addition, the City Council has established a maximum fee of $356 unless the City Council approves a higher fee.
The T.U.P. application fee shall equal the total costs of all departments reviewing the application. In the event a department indicates it incurred costs for reviewing a specific application, which exceed the average cost, the actual cost incurred by the department shall be used. Contact the Building & Safety Department for the T.U.P. application fee for:
Special Event Permit: 350.00
B. T.U.P. Fee Waiver Request forms may be completed and submitted with T.U.P. application (non-profit organizations only). The City Council has the authority to waive any fees.
C. All fees paid to "City of National City" for temporary use permit activities withdrawn or not exercised, after such application has been processed, shall be non-refundable. The application shall become null and void.
Classes of Temporary Use Permits
NOTE: All temporary use permits are subject to appeal in accordance with Section 15.60.045 of the National City Municipal Code.
Conditions of Approval
A. Site development standards, site plan review, environmental impact review, and public works improvements, otherwise required with building permits, and are exempt under this chapter.
B. The City shall require evidence that all related permits and approvals, such as fire prevention, health and sanitation, police, animal regulations, and business licenses, have been obtained for each temporary use permit.
C. The City may require engineering design of the temporary buildings, certification of the structure, mechanical, electrical, and other equipment and devices.
D. The City may attach whatever conditions and limitations necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Such conditions may include, but not be limited to:
E. Failure to comply with these requirements and conditions shall be cause for revocation of the permit and enforcement under this chapter.
F. Certificate of Insurance - Where the use of City facilities is involved, the applicant may be required to provide a certificate of insurance, evidencing combined single limit coverage of at least $1 million and naming the City of National City as a named additional insured. Amounts of coverage to be determined by the National City Risk Manager.
In all cases involving the use of City facilities, the applicant is required to provide a Hold Harmless Agreement holding the city harmless from any liability arising from the use of the facilities.
Violations of any provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as a misdemeanor and shall carry the penalties as prescribed in Chapter 1.20 of the National City Municipal Code
Revocation and Suspension of Use or Activity
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