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Community Development

Program Overview

Planning Division

Building Division

Engineering Division

General Plan


Economic Development - Special Projects



Please note that due to on-going financial constraints, City employees (non-safety) are on mandatory unpaid time off. Employees are also on a "compressed work schedule." City offices are subsequently closed every Friday.

Community Development Dept. Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00AM-5:00 PM.

Builiding Window Hours are Monday 9:00AM-4:00PM and Tuesday-Thursday 9:00AM-5:00 PM.

Program Overview

The Community Development Department consists of the Planning Division, Building Division, and Engineering Division.

Planning Division

The Planning Division carries out the various functions and activities which create a vibrant livable community for our citizens and planning for future growth. Effective planning processes seek to manage growth and change in such a manner as to avoid unsightly and uncoordinated or inconsistent development, destruction of environmentally sensitive areas, and the creation of unfunded infrastructure needs. This division is responsible for the creation and provision of the General Plan and City Zoning Ordinances. These are the blue print and standards which guide the physical development of the community. In addition to providing development services this division also coordinates the establishment of Public Facility Impact fees used to pay for public facilities and infrastructure.

Building Division

The Building Division provides plan reviews and field inspections of buildings to ensure a safe and healthy environment and compliance with local ordinances and state regulations. This division provides customer service by assisting citizens and contractors on proper procedures pertaining to building within the Community. For the 12/13 FY the Building Division has been reduced to a full time Building Official and a part-time Administrative Assistant.


State of California Contractor's License Board

State of California Licensed Engineers and Land Surveyors

State of California Building Standards Commission

State of California Building Standards Commission

State of California Energy Commission

State of California Architects License Board


Downloadable Documents:

2013 Res. Building Efficiency Standards

Guide To Permitting Solar PV Systems

New State Codes Effective January 1, 2011

Building Permit Application

Property Owner Declaration

Building Dept. Commercial Plan Submittal Checklist

Patio/Porch/Trellis Plan Submittal Requirements

New Residential and Residential Remodeling Plan Submittal Requirements

Commercial Plan Submittal Requirements

Attic - Foundation Ventilation Work Sheet-2011-12-19

City Business License Checklist

2014 Business License Inspection Guideline

2014 CRC Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Mandate Handout

Contractor's Business License

Work Exempt From Permit (Residential)

Work Exempt From Permit (Commercial)


2010 CALGREEN forms for Residential, Non-Residential,
Construction Waste and Baseline Water Usage Forms

2010 Atwater CalGreen Residential Verification Form

2010 Atwater CalGreen Residential Operation Manual Template

2010 Atwater CalGreen Residential Cklst

2010 Atwater CalGreen Finish Material Certificate

2010 Atwater CalGreen OPR Compliance Form

2010 Atwater CalGreen BOD Compliance Form

2010 Atwater CalGreen Training Form

2010 Atwater CalGreen Non Residential Plan Checklist

2010 Atwater CalGreen Systems Manual Form

2010 Atwater CalGreen Functional Performance Test Form

2010 Atwater CalGreen Commish Plan Form 2

2010 Atwater CalGreen Commish Measures Form

2010 Atwater CalGreen Bldg Commish Cklst 2

2010 Atwater CalGreen Construction Waste Management Worksheet 2

2010 Atwater CalGreen Construction Waste Management Plan 2

2010 Atwater CalGreen Construction Waste Management Acknowledgement 2

2010 Atwater CalGreen BWU Performance Worksheet

2010 Atwater CalGreen BWU Performance Worksheet WS-2

2010 Atwater CalGreen Fixture Flow Rate-Prescriptive

Engineering Division

The Engineering Division provides for the administration and management of a full spectrum of activities including capital planning, engineering and design of public facilities and utilities, and public improvement inspection. This division is responsible for plan preparation and specifications for the various city capital improvements and expenditures and to ensure compliance with state competitive bidding and construction quality compliance. It is responsible for right of way management and for issuing encroachment permits. This division also coordinates the review of plans or various maps for compliance with state and local standards and ensures engineering of such projects comply with state and local standards and legal requirements.

Downloadable Documents:

Encroachment Permit Application

Water Well Application General Provisions

Well Permit Application

Post-Construction Standards Plan

General Plan

The City of Atwater General Plan was adopted in 2000. It was developed to anticipate the needs of the physical development of the community through the year 2020. The City of Atwater General Plan is now available for download. The document has been separated into eight sections.

Copies of the most current General Plan Map and Zoning Map are also available for downoad from this site. These are located on the City Maps Page.

The City also has copies of the General Plan Document, General Plan Map, and Zoning Map available for purchase at City Hall, 750 Bellevue Road in Atwater.

Downloadable Documents:

General Plan Section 1

General Plan Section 2 - Land Use

General Plan Section 3 - Circulation

General Plan Section 4 - Conservation and Open Space

General Plan Section 5 - Seismic and Public Safety

General Plan Section 6 - Noise

General Plan Section 7 - Economic Development

General Plan Section 8 - Glossary


Grant administration for the City of Atwater has been managed by the Grants Manager since October 2007. Grant applications are made through federal, state and, occasionally, private sources for a variety of City projects. When appropriate, the City also partners with other agencies and community groups to maximize community benefit.

For grant statistics or further detail on currently open grant awards, pending applications and past grant projects completed, click on the links below.

Downloadable Documents:

Grant Update 2016


Economic Development - Special Projects

The City of Atwater Economic Development & Special Projects's mission is to promote and maintain a strong business climate throughout the city and to foster a healthy and sustainable economy for the benefit of the entire community.

The department consists of economic development, redevelopment, grants, housing, and special projects. Together we work towards creating conditions for a thriving economy to provide the residents of Atwater with a healthy, vibrant community they are proud to call home.

Redevelopment Agency
The Atwater Redevelopment Agency is a separate entity within the City of Atwater; however the Board of Directors is composed of the Mayor and City Council Members. The Agency is focused on issues in the project area which was created in 1976 for the purpose of remedying physical and economic blight.

The Atwater Redevelopment Agency is the primary provider of business assistance and support under the various state and federal programs administered locally. These include the Enterprise Zone, Foreign Trade Zone, local Revolving Loan Fund, and Recycling Market Development Zone. In addition to business support the mission of the Agency is to stimulate new private investment, job creation, and market the opportunities available in the community. An emphasis of the Agency is to recruit and retain businesses so that local citizens have job and shopping opportunities, provide housing opportunities to low and moderate income residents through the use of Agency funds for low and moderate income housing, assist in providing a viable downtown business district, and facilitate capital improvements and investment to improve the Redevelopment Project Area.

Through the contributions of the Atwater Redevelopment Agency and by way of grant writing the city has developed a housing program. Currently the city provides assistance to low and moderate income residents under the first time home buyers program and the housing rehabilitation program. The combination of agency funds, Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG), and Home Funds establish a strong local base to provide quality and affordable housing.

Downloadable Documents:

Atwater Redevelopment Project Area

City of Atwater Positioning for Prosperity - Economic Development Strategic Plan

Atwater Redevelopment 2009 - 2014 Implementation Plan


Community Development Department
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 357-6367
(209) 357-6363

Scott McBride
Community Development
Community Development Director
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301

Justin Hendrix
Community Development Department - Planning Division
Senior Planner
750 Bellevue
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 357-6342
(209) 357-6343
(209) 357-6363

Julia Coronado
Community Development
Executive Assistant
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 357-6367

Mark Pereida
Building Division
Chief Building Official
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301

Stephanie Ruiz
Building Division
Permit Technician
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301

Engineering Division
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301

Ramon Garcia
Engineering Division
Engineer Assistant
Atwater, CA
(209) 357-6337

Lori Waterman, CMC
Community Development Department
Grants Manager
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301

Economic Development
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301
209-357-6363 fx


City of Atwater
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301

Email: cityinfo@atwater.org

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