How do I find out if my house is in the Flood Zone or not?
Contact the Engineering Division at 723-6049.
I’m buying this lot. Do I need to improve the street in front of it?
If you’re subdividing the lot, yes. Improvements required for a subdivision will be conditioned at the Tentative Map stage with the Department of Community Development. If you are developing the lot as a single family dwelling, no, you don’t have to improve the street, but you may have to dedicate a portion of your frontage for future roadway use. For more detailed answers, contact the Engineering Division at 723-6049.
I’m purchasing an existing property and I want to know if it is on septic or public sewer?
Contact the Building & Safety Division at 723-6144.
I need another driveway for RV access, do I need a permit and who should I contact?
Yes, you’ll need a permit to construct a new driveway, or to widen an existing driveway within City right-of-way. Contact the Engineering Division at 723-6049 for more details.
I’m purchasing some land and want to find out if there is an existing sewer line nearby that I can connect to.
You will need to complete and submit a Records Request to the City Clerk.
I’m purchasing a piece of land. How do I find out what utilities are available at this location?
Contact the individual utility providers below:
Gas: The So. California Gas Company at 661-945-7374.
Electric: The So. California Edison at 661-726-5675.
Water: The L.A. County Waterworks at 661-940-5457 or Quartz Hill Water District at 661-943-3170.
Will the city improve or pave the dirt road in front of my house?
No, the City will not pave or improve the dirt road. If you and your neighbors would like to pave or improve the road, it will be at you and your neighbor’s expense. If you would like the road to be accepted and maintained by the City, the road will have to be constructed per City standards and dedicated to the City.
What are the requirements to build a single family home?
Engineering will require dedications for roadway use, a Certificate of Compliance, and/or proof of legal access. For all other requirements, contact the Building & Safety Division at 723-6144.
Do I have legal access to the vacant land that I am purchasing?
Contact the Engineering Division at 723-6049.
What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
The purpose of a Certificate of Occupancy is to ensure the safety of the occupants and the public by verifying that the proposed use is consistent with construction type of the existing or proposed building. A Certificate of Occupancy can be requested from the Building & Safety Division at 723-6144.
Contact a title company and order a title report. You can also contact the County Recorder and request a copy of your tract map.
When can Tract addresses be released?
Tract addresses can be released when the City of Lancaster receives the recorded mylars.
What is the cost for processing a Road Deed?
The cost for processing a Road Deed is $477.00 per deed. Please contact the Engineering Division for further information.
What information must I have to submit a Road Deed?
A Road Deed submittal package is considered complete if it includes:
Submittal fee of $477.00.
A title report or lot book guarantee no more than 60 days old.
A legal description.
A Plat Map.
Will you accept an incomplete submittal if I promise to submit the check list item within a couple of days?
An incomplete submittal is not acceptable for any reason. All items in the submittal package are needed to do a proper map review.
Why do I need to get Road Deeds on property adjacent to my development?
In the Tentative Map phase you were conditioned to construct improvements in order for you to develop your property. If you were conditioned to dedicate and build a street you will dedicate your half of the street with your Final Map, and the other side of the street with a Road Deed. Center lines of streets are usually located on the existing property lines. The traffic lane beyond centerline will be located on adjacent property. By signing and recording the Road Deed, the adjacent property owner dedicates that portion of his property to the City for public road purposes.
When are street names assigned?
They are assigned when the map is reviewed for the first time.
Can I pick my street names?
Streets will be assigned existing street names if the center line aligns within 150 feet of an existing streets center line. Street names are not finalized and may be corrected anytime prior to the recordation of the Final Map.
Why would I need to enter into a Condemnation action?
If you are unable to get an adjacent property owner to sign the necessary easement document to build the conditioned offsite improvements, you may need to enter into a Condemnation Agreement to acquire the easements.
How do I find out the legal property owner’s address?
Send out your request for the signing of the easement to the person and address as it appears on the tax rolls.
Do I need to Offer to Purchase the signature easement?
It is a requirement, before entering into a Condemnation Agreement with the City, that you offer a fair price for the easement.
How long does it take to complete the Condemnation process?
Once you enter into a Condemnation Agreement with the City you may record your map, but you will not be able to build the improvements until the City Attorneys has an Order of Possession and the order has been served to the property owners. The time for getting the Order of Possession once you have entered into the agreement is about 6 months if everything goes smoothly. It takes about a year for the City Attorneys to finalize the Condemnation, possibly longer, at which time final fees will be calculated, assessed, and collected.
Who pays for the Condemnation?
The Developer/Owner pays for all time spent by the City, City Attorneys, and for any reports or documents needed to process the Condemnation.