All patio covers require Planning Division approval through an over-the-counter application called a Zoning Clearance. Please submit a Uniform Application, a site plan (example) showing property line dimensions, location, and details such as building material, height, and color(s) of the proposed patio cover. Refer to Development Code Section 22.42.110 for setback, height, design, and lot coverage requirements.
Freestanding patio covers and gazebos not exceeding 120 square feet (roof area) are exempt from building permits, but still must obtain Planning Division approval and comply with Development Code Section 22.42.110 for setback, height, design, and lot coverage requirements. Any patio cover exceeding 120 square feet and any patio cover attached to the house requires a building permit.
You may contact the Planning Division with initial inquiries and more information by submitting online through the Planning inquiry form.