Building in the City of Claremont :

The Zoning Code, which specifies the types of uses allowed on each lot and the shape and character of what can be erected, governs all new development in the City. How tall or large a construction may be, how close a structure can be to the property line, and the height and placement of fences and any other accessory structures are some typical issues that the code addresses.

The purpose of the code is to enable the most appropriate and desirable use and development of property in accordance with the Claremont General Plan, therefore promoting and protecting public health, safety, and welfare.

The RS (Single-Family Residential Districts) is established to allow for individual homes on distinct lots, each for the occupancy of one family, at varied minimum lot sizes to allow for a range of yards and lot sizes dependent on the locality.

The HC (Historical Claremont District) is designed to allow for thoughtful and appropriate renovations, extensions, and in-fill development while preserving and protecting the City’s single-family residential character and historical and architectural integrity. The oldest residential neighborhood in the City is the HC Historical Claremont District. The vast majority of historically noteworthy buildings currently being kept as single-family homes indicate the neighborhood’s heritage.

The RR Rural Residential Districts are designed to allow for single-family residences and agricultural uses with a density of one dwelling unit per one gross acre in the RR District and one dwelling unit per 1.25 gross acres in the RR District. It’s also designed to allow for a diversity of lot sizes depending on location, density, and topographical factors following the General Plan, to create variation in the rural zone.

The Hillside District is established to offer a few hillside uses acceptable under the City’s General Plan. Natural environmental characteristics and the proximity to essential infrastructure and services are the main determinants of the mix of approved uses, intensity, and distribution.

These are only a few examples of zoning districts; you can discover the others and the zoning map at the Knowledge Center.

To ensure the ongoing preservation of the City’s historic properties and communities, the Preservation Ordinance lays out guidelines and limitations. The City established a committee to examine the citywide design guidelines and provide recommendations. The guidelines provide design criteria to maintain each neighborhood’s look while describing the 30 distinct neighborhoods that make up the City.

Permits are necessary when building, modifying or expanding a building or structure. Additional improvements to your home require permits as well.

The examples below are not all-inclusive, but they should be used as a general guide to determine which projects need a permit:

  • Building or structure construction, including the construction of ancillary structures.
  • Demolition of a building or structure, including patio coverings.
  • Construction or structural additions, such as patio coverings.
  • Changes to garages.
  • Remodeling a structure necessitates the installation of new walls, windows, or doors, the removal of existing windows, doors, or portions of those walls, or the expansion of window or door openings.
  • Installation of windows and doors.
  • Building of balconies and decks.
  • Electrical task.
  • Plumbing Water heater installation, replacement, or relocation
  • Replacement of the water or sewage line.
  • Installation or replacement of an air conditioning or furnace system.
  • Installation, replacement, or re-covering of roofs.
  • Construction of swimming pools, including above-ground pools.

Three complete sets of plans, each fully dimensioned and drawn to scale, are required after applying for the permits.


City of Claremont – Planning Department:

The Planning Department aims to offer direction for the City’s orderly growth and to guarantee that new construction is both aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with its surroundings.

The Planning Division carries out the following duties to accomplish its mission:


  • Prepares, maintains and oversees the General Plan, which directs future city growth, and the Zoning Code, which carries out the General Plan.
  • Supports public engagement in all planning and development activities while supplying the public with information and help about the City’s planning process.
  • Offers recommendations to City commissions and the City Council after analyzing land use and development ideas from the perspectives of the environment, zoning, land use, and design.
  • Oversees and shapes Southern California’s subregional and regional planning initiatives.

Verifies that construction is being done following approved plans and conditions.


City of Claremont – Building Division:

Building regulations and approval procedures in Claremont are all created to safeguard and improve the quality of life in the area, maintain property values, and guarantee that new construction is in keeping with the scale and design of nearby communities.

The division also arranges inspections at different points in the construction process to ensure compliance with authorized designs and the building requirements outlined in the California Codes.


General Area Summary: 

Claremont is a suburban city on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, California. It is situated at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Pomona Valley. Around 37,700 people are living in Claremont. Claremont is recognized for its tree-lined avenues, several ancient structures, and the location of the Claremont Colleges and other educational institutions.


Contact Information:

Claremont City Hall is at 207 Harvard Avenue, and their phone number is 909-399-5460.