Jul 20

Online building and permit services continue

Posted on July 20, 2020 at 11:55 pm by Clay Curtin

The City continues to expand online services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and is excited to launch the pre-application for building permits via the City’s online Permit and Record Web Portal. This new feature can be used to initiate any type of building permit request that is not already covered by a different application process, and keeps a critical city function in operation while City Hall remains closed. This new service will also enhance the way the City conducts business by making the process more streamlined, convenient and transparent. 

While City Hall remains closed, access to City Hall and permit issuance continues to be by appointment only. New applications, simple permits, plan check responses to comments and revisions to issued permits continue to be accepted online. Please expect to interact with staff by phone or email when possible and by appointment when directed by staff. To learn more about the Building Division’s online services and to see a list of FAQs, please visit the Building Division webpage.

New planning applications for discretionary permits are also being accepted. Please email the Planning Division to request to speak to a planner to coordinate the online submittal process.

The City appreciates your continued patience and support as we continue to enhance our online permitting and plan review process to safely address community needs.

Jul 20

Menlo Park’s overnight parking ordinance enforcement resumes

Posted on July 20, 2020 at 11:06 pm by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park will resume enforcement of the residential overnight parking ordinance starting Monday, August 3 at 2 a.m. The two-week grace period begins Tuesday, July 21, where a warning will be placed on the driver’s vehicle.

Menlo Park suspended enforcement in March 2020 amid the coronavirus crisis, and at the finalization of the budget discussions, the City Council agreed that the overnight parking enforcement program would continue. The resumption of overnight parking enforcement is as a result of complaints and concerns from residents and business owners regarding vehicles occupying parking spots for extended periods, abandoned vehicles and long-term street storage of cars, as well as the increase of crowded streets where annual overnight parking permit holders cannot park their vehicles.

The Menlo Park overnight parking ordinance states that the parking of any vehicle is prohibited between the hours of 2-5 a.m. on any residential street, or within 300 feet of any residential area in Menlo Park. The parking ordinance is in effect 7 days a week (City observed holidays exempted).

In order to avoid being issued a citation, parked vehicles must have a valid overnight parking permit displayed or a valid DMV issued disabled person placard or disabled person license plates.

Temporary overnight parking permits are available for purchase online or in-person through our communications dispatch center at the police department. We are unable to offer refunds or exchanges for permits.

Certain addresses in Menlo Park may qualify for an annual overnight parking permit. Qualifying addresses are limited to those apartment buildings that lack adequate off-street parking spaces (less than two spaces per unit) and are zoned R3. To see if your address qualifies and has permits available, please contact us. If eligible to purchase an annual permit the cost is $150. The annual permit cycle begins September 1 and expires August 31 of the following year. Permit costs are prorated by month if purchased after the onset of a permit cycle. You can choose to purchase or renew online. Current annual overnight parking permit holders will have their annual permit (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021) renewed at no charge.

Jul 20

Popular document shredding event set for July 25

Posted on July 20, 2020 at 10:24 pm by Clay Curtin

Did you file your taxes and need those confidential documents shredded? Do you have piles of office paperwork lying around from working at home?

Residents and businesses can prevent identity theft by shredding sensitive documents at the City’s popular free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the City Corporation Yard located at 333 Burgess Drive. 

Confidential document destruction includes items such as receipts, checks, pre-approved credit applications, credit card statements, outdated tax returns, pre-printed envelopes, return address labels and business cards. Participants are limited to three boxes (10" x 12" x 15") per vehicle and materials will be shredded on-site. Documents with paper clips, staples and binder clips are acceptable.

Please note: The electronic waste recycling portion has been canceled. Do not bring any e-waste or household hazardous waste materials. 

To practice social distancing, please follow these guidelines:
  • Please label "Shred only" on any shredding materials and leave them in the trunk
  • It is recommended to remove all other personal items from the trunk to avoid any accidents
  • Residents will drive up to the vendors, remain in their vehicles with their face masks on, and the vendors will pick up the shredding materials from the trunks
For more information, please contact the Sustainability Division.