Archives: FAQs

Where can I take household hazardous waste?

Marin County has two drop off facilities, one in Marin and one in Novato.  Information detailing what constitutes hazardous waste may be found by visiting one of the following websites: Marin Household Hazardous Waste  Novato Household Hazardous Waste

Grading Without a Permit

The start of any grading work, including preparatory site clearing or soil disturbance, prior to the issuance of a grading permit is a violation of MCC §23.08 and may subject the property owner to fines MCC §23.08.130. Property owners are encouraged to contact Land Development to clarify requirements.


The grading permit application fee is $550.00 and is non-refundable. Additional fees, including plan review, field inspection and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will be determined after review of the proposed grading project.

Application for permit

A grading permit application may be submitted by the property owner or an authorized agent of the property owner and must include the following items to be deemed complete: Three sets of plans and specifications prepared by an engineer licensed in the State of California that show the following: A vicinity sketch or other data … Continued


Code MCC 23.08.030 Grading necessary for agricultural operations do not require a grading permit unless the grading will create a cut or fill that could endanger a structure, public road or result in the obstruction of a watercourse or drainage conduit (MCC §23.08.030). Grading within a creek is subject to an approved grading plan required … Continued

What is the Flood Control program and how can it help me?

The Flood Control program, conducted by the Marin County Flood Control & Water Conservation District, seeks to reduce the risk of flooding for the protection of life and property while utilizing sustainable practices. The District aims to meet this mission through effective, transparent, and responsive planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of District-owned facilities such … Continued

What are Flood Control Zones and do I live in one?

The Marin County Flood Control & Conservation District oversees eight defined zones in Marin to address specific flooding problems with each of those areas. These flood zones do not cover the entire county and are, for the most part, concentrated in the county’s eastern urbanized corridor. The vast majority of the county’s land area is … Continued

Where does the Marin County Stormwater Program work?

The County’s Stormwater Program is focused on the unincorporated areas of Marin County.  The County participates in the Marin Countywide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) which provides a comprehensive approach to stormwater regulatory compliance for all eleven of the cities and towns and the County of Marin.  More information about MCSTOPPP is available on the … Continued

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