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Discounted licensing fees are offered for sterilized dogs with a copy of a sterility certificate signed by a veterinarian licensed to practice in the state. Senior citizen discount fees are offered with proof of dog’s sterility certificate and a copy of any document showing the birth date of the person (i.e., driver’s license, state ID, or birth certificate). Only one senior citizen license discount allowed per household.
A no charge license is provided for guide dogs with proof of certification. All licenses must be renewed annually.
Permits are not required for the following:
For a complete list, please see our Work Exempt from a Building Permit handout.
A permit is required for most construction and/or repair projects, including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work.
Permits are necessary for, but not limited to, residential and business additions, alterations, patios, decks, garden and retaining walls, swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, air conditioners (adding or replacing), and all electrical and plumbing installations, including lawn sprinklers, water heaters, and gas lines. Also, retaining walls that are more than three feet in height, measured from the top of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or ground slope of 5%. Please note the presence of a structure within five feet or geogrid or is a surcharge.
You may schedule an inspection online through Citizen Services until 5:00 a.m. (the morning of the requested inspection) or by phone at (925) 833-6620 until 4:45 p.m. the business day before the requested inspection. All inspection requests received after 5:00 a.m. can be performed the following business day. You may request either a morning or afternoon inspection. Morning inspections are performed between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., while afternoon inspections are performed between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
To speak with an inspector, you may call the morning of the inspection between 7:15 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Please note, we cannot give out exact inspection times due to unexpected issues that may arise in the field. We will do our best to accommodate each applicant’s needs.
Inspectors do not give out specific times for inspections. However, you may call between 7:15 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and speak with your inspector to see if he/she can give you a closer window of time after the inspection lists are put in order on each inspector’s list.
Permits are required to ensure health and safety through adequate inspections of structures used and/or occupied by you, your family, and the general public.
Property owners may obtain permits for any work performed. Licensed contractors may also obtain permits for the specific work allowed by their license.
Building permits can be applied for electronically. All over-the-counter type permits can be handled through e-mail. E-mail Based Residential Permits.
Larger projects are eligible to be processed through the City’s eprocess360 system.
Website Electronic Submittal Procedure - e360
Plan Submittal Application Procedure - e360
Projects with small scopes of work are considered "over the counter." For example, a Water Heater, Furnace, or Roof replacement are permits that are issued at the counter with little paperwork and no plan review required. These permits normally take about 15 minutes in order to fill out the application and obtain the permit.
For work involving new construction or remodeling, several items are required to be submitted for plan checking. Items that may be required, but not limited to, may be: Plot Plan, Floor Plan, Framing Details, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical plans, Soils reports, etc. Please visit our handouts link to obtain the "Plan Submittal Checklist” for your project type, which lists all submittal documents for your project.
A plan review fee is required at the time of submittal. The amount of time that it takes for your application to be approved depends on the complexity of the project. Minor items are typically handled over the counter or in one business day; other small projects such as small retaining walls or simple patio covers may take one to two weeks. However, room additions and new buildings normally take 15 business days for review.
Please contact Building at (925) 833-6620 for questions on how to process your project electronically.
For a portable package spa, the plot plan must show the location of the dwelling, the spa, the equipment, and the setbacks from the property line and dwelling to these items. The plot plan should also provide the electrical requirements of your spa; size and type of conduit; size and type of wire; location of the disconnect; size and location of the main electrical panel; and location of any electrical or plumbing within 25 feet of the proposed spa. If the panel is less than 200 amps, electrical load calculations will be required. You may wish to review the Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs, and Spas handout listing all requirements and safety barriers required for you spa.
The fence must be non-climbable and a minimum of five feet high, measured from the outside, with self-closing and self-latching gates. The dwelling may be used as part of the fence requirement, but swimming pool alarms will be required. Please refer to the Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs, and Spas handout for specific barrier information.
Yes. You may wish to obtain the Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs, and Spas handout listing all requirements and safety barriers required for your spa.
A gas line must be buried 18 inches deep for plastic gas pipe or 12 inches deep for factory-coated iron pipe. The depth is the same for gas lines under concrete. A permit is required for this work.
Electrical lines must be buried 18 inches deep for plastic electrical conduit or 12 inches deep for rigid metal conduit. The conduit may have as little as four inches of earth coverage when placed under four inches of concrete. A permit is required for this work.
In most cases, yes. Please refer to the following links for more details.
Residential Retaining Wall
Yes. This permit is issued over the counter and normally takes about 15 minutes to issue. The permit can also be applied through e-mail; see Question 7, above.
Please note, if the water heater is located in the garage, it must be a minimum of 18 inches above the garage floor. All water heaters must be strapped to the adjacent wall, to protect against earthquake damage to water pipes and gas lines. Please contact Building and Safety at (925) 833-6620 to obtain the Water Heater Installation handout for more information.
Residential Water Heater - Permit and Inspections
A permit is needed only if the plumbing or wiring is to be altered. Please see link below for instruction on applying online.
Yes, a repair work permit is required. Please see link below for instructions on applying online.
Yes, a mechanical permit is required, and in most cases, this may be done over the counter. Please note, however, the City of Dublin does not allow wood-burning fireplaces to be installed unless they are EPA-certified units. Refer to Dublin Municipal Code 7.32.270 for specific information.
If the work is on the interior of the building, someone over the age of 21 must be on site to allow the inspector access to the area of work. On work that is completely on the exterior of the building, you may leave instructions for the inspector to enter the yard without you being home. Please note that the inspector will not enter a yard or building with unattended animals or unsupervised, minor children.
Please refer to the Single Family Dwelling Additions / Alterations handout for specific information requested from the Building and Safety Division and Planning Division. We recommend that applicants also review the building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing ordinances available at the front counter. These ordinances contain specific building code information that has been amended to accommodate the City of Dublin's needs.
The review time for plans is approximately 10 business days from the date of submittal. Every effort will be made to review the plans earlier if the workload allows. The same time is allotted for subsequent resubmittals (i.e., second or third submittals). Please contact Building at (925) 833-6620 for specific plan review time based on your project scope of work.
Yes, all new residential construction must meet the mandatory measures regulated by the Energy Efficiency Standards. Refer to the Energy Conservation Requirements for Owner Designed Residential Additions/Alterations handout and forms for specific information.
The proposed foundation system shall be similar to the existing structure (i.e., pier and grade beam with pier and grade beam; T-footing with T-footing, etc.). If a different system is proposed (such as existing pier and grade beam with new concrete slab), a current soils report prepared by a Geotechnical Engineer will be required. Based on the report’s recommendation, this will determine if the proposed foundation design will be compatible with the existing system.
Find out which codes the City of Dublin is using.
This depends on the materials being used for the job. Complete the Re-Roofing Questionnaire and submit it along with the re-roofing permit application at the front counter of the Building and Safety office.
The City offers over-the-counter (OTC) plan reviews for limited residential projects such as single-story additions less than 500 square feet; remodels with minimum structural changes; garage conversions to living space; and accessory structures such as sheds, arbors, patio enclosures, etc.
Small commercial projects such as minor tenant improvements (with no structural, mechanical, or electrical improvements) or equipment/fixture replacements can also be viewed over the counter. Appointments are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and reviewed in half-hour increments per division/department. Refer to the handout OTC Residential Reviews Handout for limits on review time; specific design criteria and limitations of work; and contact information.
This depends on the type of project submitted and the corrections required in the application drawings. The internal goal date is three days for small projects, such as a residential patio cover, to as many as 15 days for a new commercial building.
If, at the time of the first inspection set up for the day, the inspector deems it necessary or can accommodate an additional inspection in their schedule, then they can arrange a second inspection for the same day. However, two inspections are never set up at the same time initially.
The City has minimum charges for different types of work. For the homeowner doing their own work, the City uses a minimum valuation matrix. The fees charged are based on the cost of providing services.
If an owner pulls the permit, they take on more responsibility regarding workers compensation issues, whereas, if the contractor pulls the permit, then the contractor is the responsible party. However, the owner may incur a charge from the contractor for obtaining the permit.
You can use one check to pay for the business license as well as permit fees. However, you still need to take care of the form paperwork with the Community Development Department.
Yes, the City accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.
The City of Dublin offers inspections on Tuesday evenings between the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. These inspections are for residential homeowners in need of an inspection for re-roof, water heaters, gas lines, accessory structures, additions, HVAC, and miscellaneous residential repair work. Please contact Building and Safety at (925) 833-6620 to schedule an appointment. You must call the day prior to your requested inspection date, before 3:00 p.m., for a next-day inspection.
Persons doing business in the City of Dublin are required to have an active business license. This includes business administered out of a home, commercial space and non-Dublin businesses that provide services, deliver goods for a fee, or sub-contracts in Dublin. A business license must be obtained within 30 days of conducting business in the City of Dublin.
Owners of residential rental property in Dublin are required to have a business license, even if renting to family members or if the rent does not cover owner expenses.
It takes approximately eight weeks to process a business license application for a business located in the City of Dublin. Outside of Dublin businesses are approved the same day. Once approved, a business license certificate will be mailed to the mailing address provided.
Complete your business license application online by going to the City of Dublin Business License Application Forms web page and select the application type that describes your business.
A completed business license application form and payment can also be submitted to the Community Development Department (CDD) by mail at City of Dublin, Attn: CDD, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568.
For questions about business license applications email BLapps@dublin.ca.gov or by phone at (925) 833-6610.
The City of Dublin business license year is October-September. Renewal invoices are mailed prior to October of each year. Most renewal invoices can be paid online. If this option is available for your business license type, instructions will be included on your renewal invoice. Renewal invoices may also be paid by mail or in person. Acceptable payments in person are cash, check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to City of Dublin. Renewals are to be paid no later than October 30. Renewals paid after October 30 are subject to a delinquent fee, plus penalty fees. For more information, see Business License Fees or contact the City of Dublin Finance Department at (925) 833-6640.
See Business License Fees or contact the Community Development Department at 925-833-6610.
Your Dublin business license is for business operations in the City of Dublin. If you plan to do business in another city, contact that city for licensing requirements.
To find out if a business has an active business license in the City of Dublin, contact the Community Development Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (925) 833-6610.
The Dublin Chamber of Commerce has a listing of businesses in Dublin available for public review. In addition, a business license listing can be requested from the Community Development Department at (925) 833-6610 or by email at email@example.com and provided by the next business day. If requesting a paper copy of the business license list, see Master Fee Schedule under photocopies for the corresponding fee. This listing can be sorted by either business name or street location and contains the business name, address, contact person, and phone number. In accordance with state law, the City is not authorized to give out certain information about a business, such as a state and federal tax identification number.
You will need to contact the City of Dublin if your business has the following changes: 1. your business moves to another location in Dublin and/or there is a change of ownership in Dublin, you must submit a new business license application form, along with proof of new ownership (if applicable); 2. your business relocated outside of Dublin, submit an Outside City business license application; 3. your business name changes, submit a new business license application; and 4. you are no longer conducting business in Dublin, send or email a letter to close out your business license.
Contact the City of Dublin Community Development Department if you have any questions by phone at (925) 833-6610 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A print out of your current business license certificate is available. See Business License Fees for pricing information. You may obtain an email copy of your business license certificate for free by email. Contact the City of Dublin Community Development Department if you have any questions by phone at (925) 833-6610 or email at email@example.com.
A county business license allows a business to operate in the unincorporated areas of the county and is not valid for business operations conducted within the City of Dublin. To operate business in Dublin, a City of Dublin business license is required.
You must also comply with any and all regulations that pertain to your business (i.e. zoning, health, safety). The business license is a registration of your business in Dublin. You may need to contact other agencies prior to the opening of your business.
If you are going from place to place or house to house conducting business or selling product, register with the Dublin Police Department for a Peddler's Permit and obtain a business license.
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, unless a special meeting is called by City Council. View the meeting calendar online.
Agendas are posted by the end of the day on the Friday before each City Council meeting. View the Council agendas and minutes.
The public can attend City Council meetings in person and they are livestreamed and available at www.tv28live.org for viewing and also broadcast live on Comcast T.V. channel 28 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are also available on City’s website: View live or archived City Council meetings
City Council meeting minutes are available on our Council agendas and minutes page.
All of the City's Commissions and Committees are listed on our website on the Boards and Commissions page along with information about how to apply. Community residents interested in serving on a commission or committee may obtain an application online during the recruitment period.
View current vacancies and more information about how to apply.
The Municipal Code is a published compilation of City laws and their revisions organized according to subject matter (arranged by title, chapter, and section). The Municipal Code is updated periodically as new ordinances are adopted by the City Council.
You can register to vote on the State of California's website.
The Public Records Act is codified in Government Code Section 720.000 et. seq. (formerly 6250 et.seq.). The entire Government Code is available online. To submit a request to access any of the City's public records, please submit a request at this link via our NextRequest Portal.
Birth, death, and marriage certificates and marriage licenses are issued by Alameda County. Please contact the Alameda County Clerk Recorder's office by calling 510-272-6362 or see their website for more information about obtaining a certificate.
Enter your address in the Searchable Map to find what district you live in.
You are eligible if you meet all of the following requirements:
You can register online on the Secretary of State's website. You can also fill out the short Registration by Mail form. Sign the form and mail it. It's pre-addressed, and no stamp is required. Voter registration forms are available at the Registrar of Voters Office located in the Alameda County Courthouse: 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1 Oakland, CA 94612 Forms are also available at all offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, all city clerks offices, public libraries, and post offices. You may also call the Registrar of Voters at (510) 267-8683 or the Secretary of State at (800) 345-VOTE and request a registration form to be mailed to you.
Check if you are registered to vote and if so, in what county.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use this online registration application to pre-register to vote.
For more information on registering to vote you may want to visit the Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions.
You can register at any time, but be sure to do it at least 15 days before the first election in which you want to vote.
If you are registering or re-registering less than 15 days before an election you will need to complete the Same-Day Voter Registration process and request your ballot in person at the Alameda County Elections office or polling location.
No. Registration is free.
Check if you are registered to vote and if so, in what county.
Call the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6973 and ask if you are registered. You can't be sure you are registered until you receive a voter notification card from the County and sometimes their may be delays in receiving your notification. That's why it is a good idea to save the form's stub as a receipt. Call the ROV if the notification card does not arrive within three weeks.
You only need to re-register if you move, change your name, or want to change your political party.
Before each election, each registered voter receives a packet of information including a sample ballot which is a replica of the ballot the voter will see at the polls. It also gives the time and date of the election, and location of the polling place, and contains an application to vote by mail. The sample ballot is prepared and distributed by the election officials in each of California's 58 counties. Candidates for nonpartisan office can pay to have a statement included in the sample ballot.
It can also be mailed to the Registrar of Voters or delivered in person to any polling place in your county no later than 8:00 PM on election day. If illness or a physical disability prevents you from returning your ballot in person, you may designate a close relative to return the ballot to the polling place.
The Registrar of Voters Office is located in the Alameda County Courthouse at:1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1Oakland, CA 94612
There are three basic types:
In addition, special elections can be called, which are limited to one specific purpose (e.g., filling a vacancy). The City of Dublin conducts a general election.
For more information on registering to vote you may want to visit the Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions.
Contact the Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6973.
Enter your address in the Searchable Map to find what district you live in.
The office is open Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For additional information, call (800) 772-1213 or TTY (800) 325-0778. You may also visit their website.
Additional information may be obtained from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce website or by calling their office at (925) 828-6200.
Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
View a map / directions to the Dublin Civic Center and Public Library.
The total population of Dublin is estimated at 64,577 (California Department of Finance, as of January 1, 2019). For additional demographic information, contact the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) or the State Department of Finance.
For Planning Commission agendas, contact the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610. For Parks & Community Services Commission and/or Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission agendas, please contact the Parks & Community Services Department at (925) 833-6645.
You may view the calendar on this website to find out the date of the next City Council meeting. You may also call the City Clerk's Office at (925) 833-6650.
The Dublin Zoning Ordinance addresses a wide range of topics related to the permissible use of private property, including: permitted and conditional land uses within established zoning districts, business signs, vehicle and RV parking and storage, residential yard and building setbacks, building and fence heights, home businesses (a.k.a. Home Occupations) and accessory storage sheds or other structures in yards.
The Property Maintenance Ordinance addresses nuisance type issues that are visible from a public street and have usually gone on for some time such as: failure to dispose of trash in a timely manner, household items stored outdoors, garbage and debris accumulation, hazardous and/or unsightly conditions on private property, including unkempt properties.
You can discuss these Ordinances further with a Code Enforcement Officer at (925) 833-6610.
Height limits are as follows:
For more details or a diagram, please contact the Planner on duty in the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610.
Call the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610 for more information on chain linked fences.
Please contact the Planning Division prior to constructing an accessory structure.
Residential Accessory Structures Brochure
Please refer to Zoning Ordinance Section 8.76.070 (14) or contact the Planner on duty in the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610 for more details.
Residential Auto Repair Regulations Brochure
Yes. Home Occupations are permitted in conjunction with a City of Dublin Business License provided that the business is compatible with, and does not change the character of the surrounding residential area. The business must not generate more traffic, noise, odors, visual impact, or storage of materials than would normally be expected in a Residential district. For more information as to what type of Home Occupations are allowed, please refer to Zoning Ordinance Section 8.64.040 or contact the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610.
Yes. The Ordinance prohibits removing any of the following trees without a permit from any property within the City of Dublin: any oak, bay, cypress, maple, redwood, buckeye, or sycamore tree having a trunk or main stem of 24 inches or more in diameter, measured at four feet, six inches above natural grade.It is also prohibited to remove any tree that has been preserved as part of a Development Agreement, Zoning Permit, Use Permit, Site Development Review, Subdivision Map, or planted as a replacement for an unlawfully removed tree.
Yes. The display of promotional banners, flags, balloon, searchlights, or similar advertising devices are regulated by the Zoning Ordinance (Ch. 8.84) and require the issuance of a Temporary Promotional Permit. For more information on requirements or how to apply for a Temporary Promotional Permit, please contact the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610. Applications are typically approved over the counter on the same day that the application is received.
When you call to file a complaint, be prepared to give the address of the property and the problem and/or condition that exists. Once a complaint is received, a site visit of the property will be conducted, usually within a week. If any violations exist, the owner and/or tenant of the property will be contacted and compliance will be requested. If required, a letter is sent to the property owner/tenant stating the nature of the violation, the specific ordinance section, and requesting compliance within a certain time period.
The amount of time that the owner/tenant is given to correct the violation depends on the type and severity of the violation. A follow-up visit to the site will be made to determine compliance or correction of the violation. Additional actions will be taken for continual non-compliance such as issuing written warning notices, holding a public hearing, and issuing a citation to appear in court.
If local government officials advise evacuating the area, the Red Cross will open shelters in locations that will be safe. Be careful not to confuse an evacuation shelter with a room in a home or building that is selected to seal up and use to shelter-in-place.
Please do not confuse the recommendation to have at least three days worth of disaster supplies on hand with the amount of time that you may be asked to shelter-in-place. We always recommend having at least three days worth of supplies in case stores are closed and roads are impossible due to a disaster like a flood or winter storm.
You would seal only one room when advised to do so, and do it only when instructed - not in advance. It is likely that one roll of duct tape will be adequate. Plastic sheeting of durable thickness (thicker than food wrap) is recommended for covering vents and other openings to the outside - not the entire room. It is intended to provide a barrier to air flow.
While we can not guarantee that plastic sheeting over air vents will stop all biological, chemical, or radiological agents, it will add to the barrier of protection for your safety.
If such a room is below ground, it may not be the safest choice if told to stay at home and shelter-in-place during a weapons of mass destruction event due to the possibility that some contaminants may seep into rooms below ground level. For this reason, the Red Cross recommends and endorses having a safe room in areas where tornadoes are a threat.
However, do not confuse a safe room used for protection from windstorms with a room selected for shelter-in-place. They are technically different, although they serve a similar purpose. If a safe room for windstorms is above ground level and has no windows, it can also be an ideal location in which to shelter-in-place.
We recommend that you stock a complete kit to meet the needs of everyone in your home, and have it packed and ready to take with you in case you are advised to evacuate your home. You should also have a small disaster supplies kit in each vehicle you have, as well as supplies at your workplace. Sometimes it is easier to create one kit for each person in your home, so that the container is smaller and easier to carry. The amount of contents remains the same, in total, for everyone in your home.
If an organism develops resistance to common antibiotics, then more powerful antibiotics may have to be used instead. More powerful antibiotics often have serious side-effects, sometimes worse than the actual disease. In addition:
The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend that individuals stock up or take potassium iodide in advance of an attack. This is because potassium iodide is only useful for certain types of radioactivity, and can also be harmful if used improperly, or given to children or people with chronic or undiagnosed thyroid disease.
Consult your physician if you have questions about this chemical.
Also, designate someone who lives out of town to be the central contact, in case those you care about are in different places when disaster strikes.
We do not have information on how schools, colleges, or universities can develop disaster plans. Please consult the school board or local emergency management agency.
Parents should not drive to school to pick up children unless advised to do so; driving on the roadways may put you into harm's way.
While issuing these types of messages may cause some people to be concerned or anxious, we think that disaster preparedness actions as recommended by the Red Cross and government agencies are helpful.
The American Red Cross has resources available that can help children deal with terrorism and tragic events. See the lessons and activities to prepare your home and family for an emergency situation.
This bomb is designed to scatter dangerous and sub-lethal amounts of radioactive material over a general area. There is no way to estimate in advance the area that will be affected by such a bomb.
It is likely you will know very quickly if there is a chemical agent attack, but you may not know that there has been a biological attack immediately. Either way, the protective actions remain the same: go indoors for safety, and listen to local television and radio for advice on what to do.
If contamination is determined, you will be escorted through a decontamination process. You will then be given some form of identifier that indicated you are now free of contamination. Do not return to a contaminated area until it is determined safe by authorities, because you may have to go through the decontamination process again.
If you have further questions about decontamination procedures, please contact your local emergency management agency or local fire department.
If you are advised to evacuate, follow instructions provided on the radio or television.
It is always a good idea to get your Disaster Supplies Kit, move to the room you selected in which to shelter-in-place, and listen to local television and radio for more directions there.
Under a district-based elections system, the City will be divided into equally populated districts. A candidate must reside within an election district and is elected only by voters living within that same election district. District elections will replace the current system of at-large citywide elections in which voters can vote for all City Councilmembers. The switch to district-based elections is a process that many cities in California are undergoing to meet the standards of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) of 2001. The CVRA gave more robust legal backing to minority groups in California who have expressed that "at-large" elections have diluted their voting rights.
In the City of Dublin, the City Council is reponsible for approving the final map of district boundaries.
Districting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped into a district for purposes of electing City Councilmembers. The City Council will seek input in selecting the district map. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
You can e-mail the City at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-574-4875 to find out more about how the process works.
The City of Dublin will be holding a series of Public Hearings and Community Workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 925-574-4875.
2022 Public Hearings
Tuesday, April 19
Tuesday, May 17
Tuesday, June 21
Tuesday, July 19
Public Hearings are at 7:00 p.m.
2022 Community Workshops
Thursday, April 28 - Virtual
Wednesday, May 4 - In-person
Community Workshops are at 6:00 p.m. and will be held via Zoom.
For logistics, visit Dublin.ca.gov/DublinDistricts.
A poet laureate is an honorary title, originating from the ancient Greeks' practice of crowning their artists and athletes with laurels. Poet laureate programs vary by locale, with poets serving a tradition of advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of literary arts through public readings, education, and community events. The position of poet laureate began in the middle ages in England, when Ben Jonson received that honor in 1616. Remarkably, California had the first poet laureate in the United States, honoring Ina Donna Coolbrith in 1915 through 1928. Currently, 40 states have state poets laureate. The United States adopted the idea of a national poet laureate in 1937, officially called "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress," then to "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry" in 1986. In fall 2008, Northern California poet Kay Ryan succeeded Charles Simic as the 16th U.S. poet laureate. California, and the greater Bay Area in particular, has had rapidly growing laureate programs. The nine-county area has more than half of the state's local (county, district, or city) poets laureate. In 2001, Governor Gray Davis created the official position for the State of California, with a specific term, clear public responsibilities, and stipend. Juan Felipe Herrera is the current State of California poet laureate. The City of Dublin currently does not have a poet laureate.
The City of Dublin's current poet laureate is James Morehead.
This process can be time consuming, but it ensures accuracy and accountability. Anyone submitting a valid request for payment to the City will typically receive payment within 3-5 weeks from the time the request for payment or invoice is submitted.
Safe and Sane Fireworks can be used by Dublin residents on their private property anytime during the sales period. (Beginning at noon on June 28 to noon on July 5.) If a property is covered by a Homeowners Association, residents should check to see if the Association will allow fireworks.
Safe and Sane Fireworks are NOT to be used at City parks, facilities, schools, businesses, or multi-family complexes (such as apartment, condominium, or townhome neighborhoods).
The City of Dublin has long been known as a crossroads of the San Francisco Bay Area. Dublin is located at the crossroads to two major highways: Interstate 580 and Interstate 680. However, the significance as a crossroads dates back hundreds of years, even to times when Native American trading trails crossed here. The significance of crossroads grew over time to include Spanish explorers; early Mexican and mission trails; gold rush travelers; early ranchers and farmers; stagecoaches; freight wagons; and later bicycles, cars, trucks, and motorcycles. With Dublin at the center, important road connections led north to Martinez and Contra Costa County; south to San Jose and Santa Clara County; east to Stockton and the East Coast; and west to Hayward, Oakland, and San Francisco. Through the years, Dublin has seen Native American hunters and traders, migrating families looking for new homes, gold seekers, farmers, ranchers, military convoys on the way to war, and many, many cars on their commute.
The earliest residents of Dublin were Native Americans. Archaeological evidence suggests that Native Americans lived here for tens of thousands of years. They are undoubtedly the first residents and the residents who lived here longest. Their beliefs say they were here at the dawn of time.
Estimates suggest there were between 200 to 400 Native Americans living in the Amador Valley before the 1700s. Dublin-area Native American tribes spoke Chochenyo Ohlone and Bay Miwok. Specifically, the Seunen, Ssouyen, and Pelnen tribes lived in parts of what is now Dublin. Each tribe had a population varying from two hundred to four hundred people. Villages could be found along local streams or along the large marsh that then stretched from Dublin and Pleasanton. The plentiful wildlife, water and easy passage to the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, and the Santa Clara Valley resulted in a rich mixture of interacting and interconnected but separate communities.
The Native American situation changed dramatically after the Spanish began exploring and then colonizing the San Francisco Bay Area. Spanish explorer Pedro Fages and his party traveled through Dublin in 1772 as they traveled south from the San Francisco Bay near Martinez through the San Ramon and Amador Valleys and into Santa Clara Valley. From then through the early 1800s, Spanish and then Mexican soldiers, missionaries, and ranch hands periodically ventured into the Valleys. With the establishment and development of Mission San Jose (founded 1797), Native Americans were forced from their villages to live and work at the mission. Many died from illness, overwork, or malnutrition. The mission used the Dublin area to pasture their herds.
In the early 1800s, more Mexican-Californians moved into the Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore area. Jose Maria Amador started ranching in the area around 1825. He was one of the largest landowners in the Dublin area when he acquired 17,600-acre Rancho San Ramon land grant in 1835.
The year 1846 was a landmark year with the first large movement of United States immigrants coming to the area. Among others, the Murray, Fallon, Harland, and Donner families left the U.S., intending to travel by wagon train and horse to Mexican-California. However, when they arrived, the United States had invaded and annexed California during the Mexican American War (1846-1848). Among the immigrants in 1846 were Michael Murray and Jeremiah and Eleanor Fallon. Later they would later settle in the Dublin area and participate in the area’s development.
Gold was discovered in the California in January 1849 and the first huge influx of gold seekers arrived in 1849. Some of them would eventually settle in Dublin. Jose Maria Amador, Michael Murray, and Jeremiah Fallon would take advantage of being in California to be among the first gold seekers in the Sierra Nevada. Murray and Fallon found enough gold to each buy several hundred acres from Amador. James Witt Dougherty arrived in California later and accumulated enough wealth to buy thousands of acres from Amador.
After the creation of Alameda County in 1853, a slow, growing number of immigrants to the area bought small farms or set up a few small businesses in Dublin. In fact, the eastern portion of the County was named Murray Township after Michael Murray. They and the other residents founded a school, church, a few small hotels, and a general store at the crossroads. Later, small groups of settlers or workers coming to the area reflected the general nationalities of immigrants coming to California and to America in the 1800s. Those immigrants included people from Mexico, Ireland, China, Canada, Denmark, Portugal, and Germany. Native Americans continued to live and work in the area.
Faster development took place in Livermore and Pleasanton after the late 1860s with the arrival of the transcontinental railroad. Dublin continued to be a hub for local freight, mainly agricultural products and cattle going to in Hayward, Oakland, and San Francisco.
The advent of the automobile and truck started to change the area in the early 1900s. More and more commercial and agricultural traffic used the crossroads and early highways to move people and products. By 1919, the Stockton-Hayward road became part of the Lincoln Highway. This was a grand plan to connect San Francisco and New York for motor traffic. As traffic grew, Dublin was often referenced in local newspapers as the location of gruesome car and truck accidents that happened along the highway. The highways also provided a convenient method for transporting illegal alcoholic beverages from, or to, the San Francisco Bay Area during Prohibition (1920-1933).
Throughout the late 1800s and the early 1900s, Dublin’s total population hovered around 200-250. People lived on small- or medium-sized farms and only a few lived and worked at the crossroads. This changed during World War II. The U.S. Navy, as part of its huge expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area, bought nearly five square miles of land just east of the crossroads. Between 1942 and 1944, the Navy built three bases which eventually housed about 90,000 sailors and Marines. Known collectively as Fleet City, they consisted of Camp Parks, Camp Shoemaker, and Shoemaker Naval Hospital. By the end of the war, over 350,000 personnel had worked, trained, or been housed at the bases. After the war, the U.S. government closed the bases and began selling the buildings and property. The first large purchaser was Alameda County, which repurposed the old Navy brig (prison) to become the Santa Rita Jail.
Throughout the 1950s, there was little private development in the area. One important local improvement came when Highway 50 was expanded from a two-lane road to a four-lane highway in 1953. The U.S. Air Force took over the old Navy base and operated Parks Air Force base until 1959. Tens of thousands of young men went through basic training there or passed through on their way to or from Air Force service.
By the early 1960s, two real estate developers sought to recreate their success in Southern California by building in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. They chose the Dublin area for a huge suburban housing development. The Volk-McLain company’s success led other developers to purchase and build near Dublin. Dublin went from a few hundred residents to several thousand residents in the period from 1960 to 1965. More commercial and residential development took advantage of the creation of a new, more substantial crossroads with the completion of the multi-lane freeways, Interstate 580 and 680, in the late 1960s.
As the population increased, so, too, did the need for local infrastructure, especially schools. The Murray School District (founded 1866) provided the one-, then two-room, school the community needed through the early 1960s. It then struggled to provide facilities and programs to the rapidly expanding community. Many schools were built, opened, and sometimes closed through the 1980s. In response to community needs, the Dublin Unified School District was formed in 1988.
Dublin remained an unincorporated area of Alameda County until 1982. Starting in the late 1960s, residents became increasingly unhappy with the lack of infrastructure and control over their community’s growth and safety. The Valley Community Services District, now known as the Dublin San Ramon Services District, provided sewer, recreation, and fire services, but it had limited taxing resources and no control over land use. After two previous efforts, the community voted in 1981 to incorporate as a city. The City of Dublin came into existence on February 1, 1982. Since then, Dublin’s growth continued. From an initial city population in 1981 of nearly 14,000, Dublin had grown to over 65,000 by 2020.
The City of Dublin, still located at the crossroads of the Tri-Valley (Amador, San Ramon, and Livermore Valleys), will continue to play an important role in the history of its residents and the local area.
The Alameda County Housing Secure program prevents displacement in Alameda County by providing free legal services and emergency financial assistance to low-income tenants and homeowners. Contact Alameda Housing Secure at (510) 437-1554 and see ac-housingsecure.org for more information.
ECHO Housing (ECHO) provides information to tenants on their housing rights and responsibilities. ECHO has trained mediators to assist in resolving housing disputes through conciliation and mediation. Contact ECHO Housing at (855) ASK-ECHO for more information.
For reference, see CALIFORNIA TENANTS A guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities.
The City of Dublin has three affordable senior housing communities:
For more information regarding these senior housing communities and others in nearby cities, see the Affordable Rental Housing Guide.
Senior Assisted Living community:
If you are homeless or At-Risk of being homeless Alameda County Coordinated Entry can help. Call 211 and get referred to homelessness prevention services. For more information, see the program flyer.
The City of Dublin has below market rate rental and homeownership opportunities. The City also offers a First Time Homebuyer Loan Program to assist with down payment and closing costs when purchasing a home in the City of Dublin. To find out more about each respective program, see the City of Dublin Housing web page.
The City of Dublin offers first time home buyers down payment and closing cost assistance on homes purchased in Dublin. The First Time Homebuyer Loan Program is a 30-year loan term with deferred payments. The interest rate is 3.5% simple interest. The loan program offers up to $40,000 in assistance.
The City of Dublin collaborates with Alameda County’s Healthy Homes Department to offer home repair and accessibility accommodation grants and rehabilitation loans through the Fix Your Home program. Grants and loans are available to eligible low-income households. For more information, contact Alameda County at (510) 567-8280 or visit www.achhd.org. In addition, the City of Dublin has a Home Rehabilitation Program. It provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist qualifying low-income households to maintain their homes in a safe, livable condition and to improve the exterior appearance of the home. See the program flyer.
Alameda County offers the Renew Alameda County program to low-income homeowners including multigenerational families, seniors and those with disabilities to access affordable, low-interest deferred payment loans for home improvement projects that maintain safe housing, increase accessibility, and ultimately prevent displacement. For more information, call (510) 803-3388 or visit www.renewac.org.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is administered by the Housing Authority of Alameda County (HACA). To apply for a voucher or to get information regarding your existing voucher, contact HACA at (510) 538-8876 or visit www.haca.net.
The Housing Element is a component of the City’s General Plan, a comprehensive, long-term plan for the physical development of the City. The Housing Element addresses the existing and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the community, and is the only component of the General Plan that is subject to State review and certification. The City’s Housing Element was last updated in 2014 for the 2015 to 2023 planning period.
View our Current Opportunities page, visit governmentjobs.com, contact the City of Dublin at (925) 833-6605, or visit the Office of Human Resources at 100 Civic Plaza, on the second floor of City Hall.
The City of Dublin only accepts applications for open positions listed in our online job directory. Please follow the directions carefully on the job announcement, which can also be obtained by contacting the City of Dublin at (925) 833-6605, or visiting the Office of Human Resources at 100 Civic Plaza, on the second floor of City Hall.
No. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/dublinca to apply for positions.
Learn more about the current processing times:Current Processing Times
The City of Dublin is a processing facility and does not have control over the U.S. Department of State processing times. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for passport processing prior to travel.
Those wishing to receive their passports sooner may request expedited service. The additional cost to expedite your application is $60.00 per application payable to the U.S. Department of State. Overnight mail is available at an additional cost.
Please check the Current Processing Times to see the difference between routing and expedited services.
Learn more about Routine, Expedite, Urgent and Life-or-Death Emergency Services at Get my Passport Fast
The following is a list of local passport photo shops. Please call the individual business for specifics on directions, hours of operation and photo prices. This list is provided solely for your convenience.
Questions regarding the status of pending projects should be addressed to the Planning Division:Community Development Department100 Civic PlazaDublin, CA 94568
For more information, please call (925) 833-6610.
In 1999, the City Council adopted an ordinance protecting all large oak, bay, cypress, maple, redwood, buckeye, and sycamore trees from indiscriminate cutting and removal. In doing so, the ordinance requires that property owners apply for and obtain a permit from the City before any heritage tree can be destroyed or removed. The removal of hazardous heritage trees or portions thereof must be approved by the City. However, the removal of healthy heritage trees is only approved in conjunction with a permit by the City for new construction under circumstances which justify such action. For new developments, an architect or designer must make every effort to design a project in order to minimize or eliminate the need to impact or remove healthy heritage trees.
Some tree changes are imperceptible and no one can fully guard against unforeseen problems. However, there are signs that everyone can watch for -- for example, a tree leaning badly in one direction; roots lifting out of the ground; cracks or splits in large branches; limbs that appear to have no live tissue while other portions of the tree appear healthy; a general decline in the appearance and the overall vigor of the tree; and wells or depressions around the tree allowing water to stand of long periods of time. Staff members are available during normal working hours to answer general questions and process heritage tree applications. During normal working hours call (925) 833-6610.
When you use 9-1-1, your call goes directly to the dispatch center. All 9-1-1 calls are automatically traced back to their origin. If you were unable to tell the operator your problem, proper emergency services will be dispatched to the location from which the call originated.
9-1-1 is the number to call when you want to report a serious crime, a crime in progress, or a life-threatening emergency. Our 9-1-1 dispatchers are trained to give medical information on the phone in addition to dispatching emergency personnel. The dispatchers are radio-linked to all of the police and fire stations, as well as all emergency vehicles in the field. When making a 9-1-1 call, it is important to stay calm and remain on the telephone line until the dispatcher notifies you that it is okay to hang up.
Contact the Alameda County Superior Court at 5151 Gleason Drive, Dublin, CA 94568 or by phone at (925) 803-7171. If the situation requires prompt action and the court is closed, Police Services may be able to assist you in obtaining an emergency protective order.
Yes, during non-emergency situations, you may call the Police Services Tip Line at (925) 833-6638.
If you live in Dublin, you may either visit the Dublin Police Services Business Office and file the report in person or you may call Dispatch and an officer will be dispatched to your home to take a report. Reports cannot be filed online or over the phone.
The law specifically governs what information can be released to the public. If you need a copy of a police report, contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office (6361 Clark Ave Dublin, CA 94568) or via the business number: (925) 833-6670. A $5.00 fee is charged per report.
Yes, please contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office at 925-833-6670 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to request an officer to sign off your citation. There is a $10.00 fee for this service for tickets issued by outside jurisdictions. You must bring the vehicle and citation to the department with the required repairs completed. A police officer will inspect the vehicle to ensure the repairs have been made and sign the proof of correction. It is then your responsibility to return the proof of correction to the appropriate court with any fees required to have the citation dismissed. Note: Only the court can sign off on proof of insurance violations.
To report an item as lost or to submit a found item, please contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office at 925-833-6670.
You may come to Police Services to complete an Administrative Review Request worksheet. The request must be submitted within 21 days of when the citation was issued. Once completed, the traffic department will review the information and make a determination regarding your liability. You will receive a letter in the mail advising of the outcome.
You may begin the process of obtaining a vehicle release the same day that a vehicle has been towed, except in instances when a vehicle has been placed on a 30-day hold by the officer. In order to retrieve a vehicle after it’s been towed, you must be the registered owner and you must come to Dublin Police Services Business Office in person to retrieve the vehicle release form and to pay the release fee to the City of Dublin ($100.00). During business hours, you may visit the Dublin Police Services Business Office to obtain the form and to pay the fee. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment. After business hours and during weekends or City holidays, you may use the call box located immediately outside Dublin Police Services. This will connect you directly to Dispatch, who will send an officer to assist you in obtaining the vehicle release form. After 4:30 p.m., only exact change will be accepted by Dublin Police Services. A vehicle release will only be granted to you as the registered owner. You must bring the following: 1. Up-to-date registration on the vehicle (this can be verified at Dublin Police Services); 2. A valid California State Driver’s license; OR 3. A Photo ID (e.g. Costco card, credit card with photo ID on the card, etc.) to verify the registered owner’s identity. If you do not have a valid California Driver's License, you must be accompanied by someone who has a valid California State Driver’s license on their person. After you obtain the vehicle release form, you may proceed to the tow yard. Tow fees must also be resolved at the tow yard before the vehicle may be retrieved.
Fingerprinting services are available by appointment for City of Dublin volunteers and City permit applicants. Please call the Dublin Police Services Business Office at 925-833-6670 to make an appointment for fingerprinting services.
Contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office to inquire about property. To receive any property from the department, individuals must call and make an appointment with the sheriff's technician. Please be prepared to provide the following information: 1. Name 2. Report Number 3. Date and/or Location of Occurrence If you have filed a report of a lost or stolen bicycle, call and arrange to view the bicycles in our storage area. The sheriff's technician can be reached by calling Dublin Police Services at 925-833-6668.
You may also submit payment for parking citations online.
Report abandoned vehicles on public property by calling (925) 452-2121 and leaving a message or call (925) 462-1212 to speak with a dispatcher regarding your concern.
To report abandoned vehicles on private property, call the City's code enforcement officer located in the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610.
According to California Vehicle Code 23123(a), a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving. California Vehicle Code 23123.5 goes on to state that it is illegal to write, send, or receive a text communication. This includes text messages, emails, or instant messages. Violators are subject to citation.
Visit the Citizen Ride-Along webpage on the City of Dublin website. Citizen Ride-Along Webpage
Street lights are normally repaired within five business days of the time the request was submitted for repair. Please be prepared with the street light pole ID number, which is located approximately ten feet from the base of the pole. If a street light pole ID number is not identifiable, please provide an adjacent address. To report a street light that needs to be repaired, contact the Maintenance Division of Public Works at (925) 833-6630, or submit your request online by using Fix It - Dublin.
If you notice a traffic signal not working or malfunctioning after hours or on weekends, contact Police Services Dispatch at (925) 462-1212. Maintenance personnel will be dispatched to evaluate the seriousness of the problem and make necessary repairs.
Please contact the City's Traffic Engineer at (925) 833-6630 to discuss your concerns with traffic signal timing, or submit your concerns online using Fix It - Dublin.
The City of Dublin provides street sweeping on residential streets two times per month and on most commercial streets on a weekly basis. Residential areas are usually swept between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Trees in planter strips or private yard areas are the responsibility of the private property owners to maintain. Removal or trimming of a tree located in a planter strip in front of your house is the property owner’s responsibility. Before removal or trimming of any tree, please contact the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at (925) 833-6610 to verify whether or not the tree is a Heritage Tree. For more information on Heritage Trees, please review Chapter 5.60 of the City's Municipal Code. Trees located in the street medians or sidewalk tree wells on major arterial streets are maintained by the City of Dublin. To report a City tree that requires maintenance please contact the Maintenance Division of Public Works at (925) 833-6630 or submit your requests online by using Fix It - Dublin.
Dublin residents are able to dispose of fall leaves using two methods: 1) Place them in the residential green organics cart provided by the City’s waste hauler, Amador Valley Industries (AVI). If the quantity of leaves is greater than the size of the organics cart, residents may: 2) Contact AVI directly and schedule one of three annual “large item pick-ups” with the company. Leaves must be bagged and set into the curb; the volume of the bagged leaves cannot exceed 7 cubic yards. Routine street sweeping in Dublin removes leaves that have naturally fallen into the gutter or roadway. However, the sweeping vehicle does not have the capacity to pick up leaves that have been swept from residential yards into the gutter or roadway. Please do not attempt to dispose of leaves by sweeping them into the gutter or roadway. If leaves have been swept from residential yards into the gutter or roadway, the street sweeping vehicle will pass the leaves and proceed to the adjacent open gutter.
A Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD) is an independent, public agency that is a creation of State of California statute. A GHAD oversees geologic hazard prevention, mitigation, abatement, and control. GHADs operate with a focus on the prevention of geologic hazards, with mitigation and abatement also being primary functions. A “geologic hazard” is broadly defined as an actual or threatened landslide, land subsidence, soil erosion, earthquake, fault movement or any other natural or unnatural movement of land or earth.
Residents are encouraged to call the GHAD at any time they have concerns about the stability of the slopes on or near their property. The GHAD is also available to answer questions that relate to other geologic hazards (e.g. landslides, erosion or other earth movement) including drainage issues. In addition, the GHAD owns a number of the open space parcels surrounding the development and we can respond to questions about fire breaks, litter, animals, and fencing.
Contact information for the GHAD Services Consultant can be found on the Dublin GHADs’ website at www.dublin.ca.gov/1607/Geologic-Hazard-Abatement-Districts-GHAD or on the communications plan.
GHAD services are funded by a supplemental assessment on the annual property tax statement on residential properties within the GHAD. Homeowners pay no additional fees for GHAD services. Services provided by the GHAD are restricted to those expressed in the GHAD governing documents.
No. The GHAD is a State-authorized independent agency, separate from the City, County, and any other local authority. The GHAD is governed by its Board of Directors - the members of the Dublin City Council serving as the GHAD Board of Directors.
No. The GHAD is separate from any private entity, including Homeowners or Property Owners Associations.
Information can be found on the Dublin GHADs’ website at www.dublin.ca.gov/1607/Geologic-Hazard-Abatement-Districts-GHAD.
Information on GHADs can be found on the California Association of GHAD’s website at www.GHAD.org.
The Special Needs Registry is open to all residents or visitors who frequent the City of Dublin and who have a “special need” and want to proactively provide this information to Dublin Police Services.
Once the information is submitted, it will take Dublin Police Services approximately two weeks to complete the registration process. Once submitted, a representative from DPS will confirm the successful registration with the submitter.
The Special Needs Registry information is maintained on the Dublin Police Services and Alameda County Fire Department Computer Aided Dispatch system. These systems contain sensitive personal information, which is only accessible by designated first responders who follow strict regulations on the use of such systems.
Yes, Dublin Police Services strongly encourages participants to submit updates to information, such as changes in address, school, or contact information. To do so, please resubmit the registration form.
Dublin Police Services will contact Special Needs Registry (SNR) listees on an annual basis to check for any updates or to remove individuals who may wish to opt out of the SNR.
Minors who turn 18 years old while on the Registry are removed from the registry, unless they are re-registered under the criteria for adults.
Yes, special needs registrants can opt out at any time. To do so, please email Sgt. Chris Shepard at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Dublin Police Services at 6361 Clark Avenue to speak with a Dublin Police Services representative.
In the event of an accident or other incident, please notify the police and/or dispatcher that the individual is on the Special Needs Registry. In doing so, the information will be immediately disseminated to the first responders in the field without having to ask the parents/guardians unnecessary questions during a highly stressful situation.
The Special Needs Registry registration form for Dublin Police Services is substantially similar to the Livermore registration form. If the registered individual frequents both cities, you are free to voluntarily sign up for Livermore’s SNR.
Please contact email@example.com to submit any feedback on this program and the registration form.
Wireless Communications Facilities (WCF) are facilities that transmit and/or receive electromagnetic signals usually consisting of an antenna array, connection cables, and tower structure or other structure used to achieve the necessary elevation. There are two types of such WCF, macrocell and small cell. Macrocells are considered large towers that can contain up to 12 antennae and cover larger areas; whereas, small cells are more discreet and cover only a few hundred feet (please refer to image).
Small cells are a relatively newer phenomena and are typically 3-4 feet tall, mounted on existing infrastructure, such as street lights and utility poles in the City's public right-of-way. Small cells also include supporting equipment cabinets, such as battery backups, which can also attach to the pole.
The utility poles in the City are owned by various entities including, but not limited to, PG&E, AT&T, and Comcast. The City of Dublin only owns street light poles and traffic signal poles; however, some street light poles are owned by homeowners’ associations or a private property owners when located on private property.
Applicants who would like to install small cells on City-owned poles are required to go through the Master License Agreement process; however, it must do so within the established federal and state laws.
These federal and state laws prohibit cities from:
a) denying a carrier the ability to provide service;
b) denying applications based on health concerns associated with radio waves from antennae;
c) stalling or failing to decide on a wireless application.
Small cells are operated by various wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Small cells can be placed in high demand areas including, but not limited to, public squares and spaces, downtown pedestrian areas, office buildings, campuses, residential neighborhoods, and in areas where coverage may be limited in order to provide additional coverage and capacity to the customers of these wireless carriers.
The City, recognizing that its existing Wireless Ordinance did not adequately address small cells, updated the ordinance in 2017 to clarify the regulation of Wireless Facilities in the City’s public right-of-way. The City will continue to review the Wireless Ordinance as new state and federal laws are implemented and make changes as necessary.
According to the 1996 Telecommunications Act, cities are prohibited from denying a permit to construct Wireless Facilities based on health concerns arising from the Radio Frequency (RF) emissions, provided that the emissions from the facility complies with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards.
To ensure compliance with the FCC standards, the City of Dublin requires all applicants to submit an RF Emissions report. The document includes the actual RF emission levels as they exist currently and the cumulative levels for the proposed small cell including all other small cells in the vicinity. Subsequently, each time there are modifications to existing small cells, the City requires the submission of an RF report to ensure conformance to the FCC standards.
Due to the Federal Communications Commission regulations, cities cannot deny applicants the ability to provide service through prohibitions or have the effect of prohibiting (for example, banning new small cells or establishing a maximum cap). These federal and state laws preempt the cities from limiting the number of small cells being deployed.
The updated ordinance:
protects the visual character of the City and “ensures against the creation of visual blight”;
establishes a process of obtaining necessary permits for small cells; and
3. provides development standards and regulations, and design review criteria for small cells.
Cities around the country are either working toward updating or have already updated their wireless ordinances to include small cell technology. These updated ordinances ensure compliance with various state and federal regulations.