Large Family Daycare Permit
Residents wishing to operate a Large Family Home Daycare, for
between 9 and 14 children, within the City of Chula Vista are required
to obtain the following permits and licenses from the City of Chula
Vista. These permits are separate from and in addition to any requirements
that the State and/or County may have.
All approvals must be obtained before the start of business and
all may be processed concurrently with the Family Child Care License
from the State Community Care Licensing Division. (SAN DIEGO DISTRICT-RESIDENTIAL 8745 Aero Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92123 (858) 467-2367)
The Fire Department will conduct an inspection to ensure you have
the required fire safety measures, including exits, extinguishers
and smoke detectors. Contact the Fire Department at (619) 691-5055
for their requirements and to schedule an inspection.
All businesses within the City
of Chula Vista are required to obtain a business license. To apply for a
business license, submit a completed Business License Application
at the Business License counter.
Large Family Daycare Permit
The City of Chula Vista requires this permit for all homes providing
care for 9 to 14 children. An Application Form, Site Plan of the
house and property, and Filing Fee are required as listed below.
The review is conducted by the Planning Division and is subject
to Section 19.58.147 of the City's Municipal Code as listed below:
A large family daycare home shall be allowed in the R-E and R-1
zones, and within the PC designated RE and RS zones, upon the issuance
of a large family daycare permit by the Zoning Administrator and
in compliance with the following standards:
Notice shall be given to properties within 300 feet of the
proposed large family daycare home at least ten days prior to
consideration for the permit.
The permit shall be considered without public hearing unless
the applicant or other affected party requests a hearing in writing by the
hearing deadline date. The applicant or other affected party may
appeal the Zoning Administrator's decision to the City Council.
The large family daycare function shall be incidental to the residential
use of the property.
- A large family daycare home shall not locate within:
- 300 feet of another such facility with said measurement
being defined as the shortest distance between the property
lines of any such facilities; and
- 1200 feet of another such facility along the same
street with said measurements being defined as the shortest
distance between front property lines, as measured along the
same street, of any such facilities
The owner must provide a double-wide driveway which shall
be paved to meet City Standards and be a minimum of 16 feet wide
and 19 feet in depth as measured from the edge of sidewalk to
any vertical obstruction. The driveway shall be available during
all hours of operation for the loading and unloading of children.
If a garage exists on-site, it must be utilized for parking of
personal vehicle(s). In the event that less than a two-car garage
exists on-site, the owner must designate an area on-site other
than on the driveway so that a total of two personal vehicles
can be parked on-site, including the garage.
If in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator there is a potential
for significant traffic problems, the Zoning Administrator shall
request review of the application by the city traffic engineer.
The city traffic engineer may impose accessory requirements of
the daycare permit in these instances to insure maintenance of
traffic safety levels within the vicinity of the home.
- Adequate outdoor play space shall be required and determined
on a case by case basis. Outdoor play activity shall not be allowed
in the front or exterior side yard of the home.
- Play areas shall be designed and located to reduce the impact
of noise on surrounding properties.
- A business license will be obtained concurrently with the
- At the City's discretion, an annual review of the permit may
be done to determine compliance with State and City requirements
and the permit's conditions of approval.
The Zoning Administrator reviews large Family Daycare Permits. The
process includes, but is not limited to, review for adequate parking,
drop-off and pick-up areas, play space and to ensure the location
meets the minimum distance requirement from any existing large family
daycare homes. A notice is mailed to all property owners within
500 feet of the proposed location indicating that the City has received
a permit application. Typically, unless an interested party or the
applicant requests a public hearing in writing, the review process
takes approximately 6-8 weeks. If a public hearing is requested, then a meeting
with the Zoning Administrator is scheduled where public testimony
from all interested parties is heard. The Zoning Administrator will
make a decision within 5 business days of the hearing. The decision is final
unless appealed to the City Council.