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Accessory Building

A detached subordinate building, the use of which is customarily incidental to that of the main building or to the main use of the land and which is located in the same or a less restrictive zone and on the same lot with the main building or use. The relationship between the more restrictive and the less restrictive zones shall be determined by the sequence of zones set forth in Sec. 12.23 B1(c). (Amended by Ord. No. 106,571, Eff. 1/1/56.)


Accessory Living Quarters

An accessory building used solely as the temporary dwelling of guests of the occupants of the premises; such dwelling having no kitchen facilities and not rented or otherwise used as a separate dwelling unit. (Added by Ord. 107,884, Eff.9/23/56.)


Addition, Ground Floor

An expansion of the exterior perimeter of a building measured at five feet or more above adjacent grade at any point. (Added by Ord. 169,775, Eff.6/1/94)


Apartment

Same as dwelling unit. (Added by Ord. 107,884, Eff.9/23/56.)


Apartment Hotel

A residential building designed or used for both two or more dwelling units and six or more guests rooms or suites of rooms. (Amended by Ord. No. 107,884, Eff.9/23/56.)


Apartment House

A residential building designed or used for three or more dwelling units or a combination of three or more dwelling units and not more than five guest rooms or suites of rooms. (Amended by Ord. No. 107,884, Eff.9/23/56.)


Bachelor Apartment

Same as Efficiency Dwelling Unit. (Amended by Ord. No. 138,456, Eff.5/30/69.)


Basement

Any story below the first story of a building. (Amended by Ord. 131,309, Eff.4/24/66.)


Buildable Area

All that portion of a lot located within the proper zone for the proposed main building, excluding those portions of the lot which must be reserved for yards spaces, building line setback space, or which may only be used for accessory buildings or uses. For the purpose of computing the height district limitations on total floor area in buildings of any height, the buildable area that would apply to a one-story building on the lot shall be used.


Building

Any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls, for the housing, shelter or enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or property of any kind. (Amended by Ord. No. 107,884, Eff. 9/23/56.)


Commercial Corner Development

A commercial or multi-family residential use on a C zoned corner lot, whose lot line adjoins, or is separated only by an alley, or is located across the street from any portion of a lot zoned RA or R or improved with a single-family residential use, unless that use is the M Zones. (Amended by Ord. No. 170, 752, Eff. 12/10/95.)


Condominium

The same as defined by Section 783 of the California Civil Code. (Added by Ord. No. 151, 432, Eff. 10/12/78.)


Conversion Project, Commercial/Industrial to Residential

An existing building used exclusively for commercial or industrial purposes, or both, proposed for conversion to a condominium, stock cooperative or community apartment to be used exclusively for residential purposes through approval of a tract or parcel map. For purposes of this definition, the term "existing" means that the building was constructed prior to 1945 or, if it was built after 1945, a certificate of occupancy was issued for the building prior to the time of map application. (Added by Ord. No. 154, 960, Eff. 4/3/81.)


Conversion Project, Residential

An existing apartment house, apartment hotel, hotel, multiple dwelling or group dwelling used exclusively for residential purposes proposed for conversion to a condominium, stock cooperative or community apartment project to be used exclusively for residential purposes through approval of a tract of parcel map. For purposes of this definition, the term "existing" means that the building was constructed prior to 1945 or, if it was built after 1945, a certificate of occupancy has been issued for the building prior to the time of map application. (Added by Ord. No. 154, 960, Eff. 4/3/81.)

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