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  • Animal / Pest Control

    • Q:I am having problems with rats in my yard and home. Whom should I call?

    • Q:What can I do about the deer that keep eating my plants?

    • Q:I have problems with mosquitoes on my property. Whom should I call?

    • Q:I have a bee swarm on my property. Whom do I call?

    • Q:I have found a dead animal in my yard/on my street. Whom should I call?

  • Building & Zoning

    • Q:How do I get an Encroachment Permit?

    • Q:What is my Assessor's Parcel Number (APN)?

    • Q:Can I make an appointment to see a planner?

    • Q:Do my neighbors have a permit?

    • Q:Is my project subject to design review?

    • Q:How do I talk to a planner? What are the counter hours?

    • Q:How do I get a re-roof permit?

    • Q:What are my setbacks?

    • Q:What are the permitted construction hours?

    • Q:Why would the City ever allow developments to exceed their zoned density limits?

    • Q:How do I get a copy of the municipal code?

    • Q:I think one of my neighbors is in violation of city code or ordinance. Where can I report this problem?

    • Q:How do I get my Encroachment Permit deposit back?

    • Q:When do I need an Encroachment Permit?

    • Q:What is a creek setback area, and how is it determined for my property?

    • Q:If my proposed work is within the creek setback area, can I apply for an exception to proceed with the work?

  • Chip Seal Program

    • Q:When will my street be paved/repaired?

    • Q:What has been done so far about fixing the road funding problem?

    • Q:Why did the City let the roads get this bad to begin with?

    • Q:Where does the money for road repair come from?

    • Q:How much is needed to repair all the roads in Lafayette?

    • Q:Are we wasting money by doing a chip seal instead of just fixing the road like it should be done?

    • Q:Why does the City repave roads that are already in good shape?

  • Finance

    • Q:Can we increase fines for speeding? Can we decrease the speed limit and enforce fines for even 5 mph over that limit?

    • Q:Why do we continue to contract with the County for police services? Wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient to have our own police force?

    • Q:Why does the City repave roads that are already in good shape?

    • Q:Why don’t EMBUD, PG&E, Comcast and CentralSan pay for the damage they do to the streets? Why doesn’t the City coordinate their street repairs with these agencies?

    • Q:Why don’t we charge Moraga for the use of our roads?

    • Q:How many City employees are there? Why has the number of City employees grown over the last 40 years if the population has stayed relatively the same?

    • Q:How much of my property taxes go to the City? Can we get a higher percentage?

  • General

    • Q:Why do we continue to contract with the County for police services? Wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient to have our own police force?

    • Q:How many City employees are there? Why has the number of City employees grown over the last 40 years if the population has stayed relatively the same?

    • Q:How many volunteer commissioners does the City have? How much does it cost the City?

    • Q:How much of my property taxes go to the City? Can we get a higher percentage?

    • Q:Do you provide fingerprinting services to the public?

    • Q:How do I contact the City Manager?

    • Q:How do I contact the mayor or a city council member?

    • Q:How do I get a business license?

    • Q:How do I get a copy of the municipal code?

    • Q:Where can I register to vote?

    • Q:Where is the chamber of commerce and what is their phone number?

    • Q:What are "sharrows"?

  • Maintenance

    • Q:How do I report a problem with street cleaning, clogged culverts, a fallen sign, branches that need trimming, graffiti, and other maintenance problems?

    • Q:Why does the City repave roads that are already in good shape?

    • Q:Where do I report malfunctioning traffic signals?

    • Q:Who is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of my home?

    • Q:I live on a private road in Lafayette. Will the city repair the street?

    • Q:I think one of my neighbors is in violation of city code or ordinance. Where can I report this problem?

  • Permits

    • Q:Can I make an appointment to see a planner?

    • Q:Do I need a permit?

    • Q:Do my neighbors have a permit?

    • Q:Is my project subject to design review?

    • Q:How do I talk to a planner? What are the counter hours?

    • Q:How do I get a re-roof permit?

    • Q:What are my setbacks?

    • Q:What are the permitted construction hours?

    • Q:Why would the City ever allow developments to exceed their zoned density limits?

    • Q:Do I need a permit for a yard or garage sale?

    • Q:How do I get a business license?

    • Q:Where can I get building permit records?

    • Q:Where can I get a parking permit?

    • Q:I think one of my neighbors is in violation of city code or ordinance. Where can I report this problem?

    • Q:How do I get my Encroachment Permit deposit back?

    • Q:When do I need an Encroachment Permit?

    • Q:What is a creek setback area, and how is it determined for my property?

    • Q:If my proposed work is within the creek setback area, can I apply for an exception to proceed with the work?

    • Q:Is there a fee for creek setback review?

  • Roads

    • Q:When will my street be paved/repaired?

    • Q:What has been done so far about fixing the road funding problem?

    • Q:Why did the City let the roads get this bad to begin with?

    • Q:Where does the money for road repair come from?

    • Q:Can we increase fines for speeding? Can we decrease the speed limit and enforce fines for even 5 mph over that limit?

    • Q:Why does the City repave roads that are already in good shape?

    • Q:Why don’t EMBUD, PG&E, Comcast and CentralSan pay for the damage they do to the streets? Why doesn’t the City coordinate their street repairs with these agencies?

    • Q:Why don’t we charge Moraga for the use of our roads?

    • Q:Where do I report malfunctioning traffic signals?

    • Q:I live on a private road in Lafayette. Will the city repair the street?

    • Q:What are "sharrows"?

  • Traffic & Parking

    • Q:Can we increase fines for speeding? Can we decrease the speed limit and enforce fines for even 5 mph over that limit?

    • Q:I received a parking ticket that I feel is unfair. How do I dispute the ticket?

    • Q:What are "sharrows"?

  • Utilities

    • Q:If I have questions about garbage and recycling services, whom do I call?

    • Q:How do I get an Encroachment Permit?

    • Q:Why don’t EMBUD, PG&E, Comcast and CentralSan pay for the damage they do to the streets? Why doesn’t the City coordinate their street repairs with these agencies?

    • Q:I am moving into Lafayette; whom do I call to set up my utilities?

    • Q:If I have problems with the sewer, whom do I call?

    • Q:If I have questions about cable service, whom do I call?