Applicability/Exemptions

 

What type of project/activity is subject to the SEA Ordinance?

Any activity that meets the definition of development is subject to the SEA Ordinance. See the Zoning Code for the complete definition of “Development”. Scroll down to “Significant Ecological Areas” and locate Definition K. 

 

What is the development footprint?

The area of disturbance for development, both temporary and permanent, including, but not limited to, all structures, driveways and access, fuel modification areas, or direct habitat disturbances associated with the development. See the Zoning Code for the complete definition of “Development Footprint”. Scroll down to “Significant Ecological Areas” and locate Definition L. 

 

Does the SEA Ordinance still apply if only part of my property is within a SEA?

SEA Ordinance does not apply. Building pad and development footprint is outside of the SEA.
SEA Ordinance applies to the project. Building pad is outside of the SEA but the development footprint encroaches into the SEA.
SEA Ordinance applies to the project. Building pad and development footprint is within the SEA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is my project exempt from the SEA Ordinance?

Only certain projects or activities are exempt from the SEA Ordinance. See the Zoning Code for the complete list of Exemptions.

 

Is my single-family home exempt from the SEA Ordinance?

If you are proposing a new single-family home within the Antelope Valley Area Plan boundaries, your home and associated development are exempt from the SEA Ordinance.

If your new home is located elsewhere in LA County, it will be subject to the SEA Ordinance. However, if you are modifying an existing single-family home, your minor modifications may be exempt from the SEA Ordinance.

See the Zoning Code for the Exemptions A and B for the exemptions for single-family residences..

 

Do I need to get a permit/approval before removing vegetation on my property?

Yes, you will need to get prior approval for any vegetation removal if your property is within a SEA. Vegetation removal is considered development under the SEA Ordinance. See the Zoning Code for the complete definition of “Development”. Scroll down to “Significant Ecological Areas” and locate Definition K. 

 

What if I am just maintaining/removing the required brush clearance in my Fire Dept approved fuel modification zone?

Only annual brush clearance activities for an approved fuel modification zone is exempt from the SEA Ordinance. See the Zoning Code for the Exemption I for the brush clearance exemption.