A variance is an administrative exception to land use regulations. Your application will be reviewed by a Planner and any other departments or agencies as needed. If it is decided that a variance is warranted and the variance request is minor in nature, it will be referred to the Planning Director for an administrative decision. Administrative action by the Planning Director takes two to four weeks after the application is complete. More time is required if Planning Commission review is necessary.
The City offers free several bay friendly landscaping classes each year in the fall and the spring. Check below for upcoming classes and sign up for our newsletter.
Sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified of upcoming classes (follow the link and check "Environment - Community Member").
Hayward’s original Climate Action Plan was adopted by the City Council on July 28, 2009 and then incorporated into the City's General Plan in 2014. The purpose of the Plan is to make Hayward a more environmentally and socially sustainable community by reducing greenhouse gas emissions - the primary contributor to global warming.
The City of Hayward provides grants through the Community Agency Funding Program to private nonprofit and public social services agencies that serve lower income Hayward residents.
The Hayward Police Department takes great pride in providing high quality customer service to our citizens. Our highly trained officers have the ability to handle a variety of situations and strive to enhance the lives of the public we serve. We hold our employees to a high standard and would appreciate any positive feedback you may have on your encounter with our staff. You can compliment an officer online via Access Hayward.
The City must approve all new connections to the City’s water and sewer systems to make sure that the connections are safe and up to code.
All materials generated during construction and demolition must be delivered to an authorized facility to maximize recycling. To obtain a building permit, building applicants will need to complete the Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Statement.
The Hayward Fire Department wants you to be safe all year long, but especially during the FIRE SEASON.
The public will be allowed reasonable access to all records of the Hazardous Materials except those declared confidential by facility owners or by the Fire Department, subject to Hayward Fire Department and City of Hayward policies and regulations. You can make a Hazardous Materials File Review service request online via Access Hayward.
Drop off your household chemicals, paint, motor oils, batteries, electronics, medicines, and pesticides for free at Hayward’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Are you looking to make energy, water, or seismic improvements on your home? Learn how you can finance your project using a PACE program.
In order to meet tight construction schedules, it can be beneficial for certain projects to divide the work into phases prior to the full plan review being completed. The California Building Code recognizes this need and has a provision in CBC 107.3.3 that allows for “phased approvals”. Phased approvals are permits issued for aspects of a project before the main building permit is approved.
As the city continues to develop strategies to address the issue of homelessness in our community we are also committed to assuring habitable dwellings are safe and sanitary and therefore committed to responding homeless encampments. Anyone who is aware of an encampment is encouraged to notify Code Enforcement or the Streets Maintenance Division. You can let us know by making an online service request via Access Hayward.
Maintaining and preserving the integrity of our neighborhoods benefits everyone in the community. Code Enforcement responds to all issues pertaining to community preservation and appearance to assure compliance with adopted regulations. You can make a Community Appearance Problem service request online via Access Hayward.
Home occupations are governed by a specific set of regulations to ensure they do not disrupt the residential character of a neighborhood. The Code Enforcement Division responds to all concerns related to illegal home occupations to assure compliance with adopted regulations. Contact Code Enforcement at 510.583.4143 to report concerns of un-permitted home occupations or use. You can report an illegal home occupation online via Access Hayward.
Code Enforcement responds to reports of Illegal signage on private property. The Hayward Municipal Code regulates all aspects of signage including, but not limited to: location, size, condition and type of signs that are allowed to be placed on properties. If you see a sign that you are concerned with please contact Code Enforcement at: 510.583.4143. You can report illegal signage online via Access Hayward.
Code Enforcement responds to complaints of overgrown weeds on private property. Code Enforcement will ensure that the property is maintained as overgrown weeds can negatively impact community character as well as pose a fire hazard. If you are concerned about overgrown weeds contact Code Enforcement at 510.583.4143. You can make an overgrown weeds & vegetation service request online via Access Hayward.
Landscaping and the maintenance of landscaping in the City of Hayward are defined and regulated by a number of codes and guidelines.
Considering solar and energy upgrades for your home or business? Now is the time! The 30% Federal Solar tax credit ends in 2016.
The City of Hayward has an agreement with Waste Management of Alameda County to provide garbage and recycling service to all residents and businesses. Help the City reach its goal of recycling 80% of our waste by 2018.
The Hayward community currently recycles 75% of its waste. Help the City reach its goal of recycling 80% of our waste by 2018 by sorting your waste in the correct bin.
Anything other than rainwater is prohibited from entering the City’s storm drain system. The City’s Stormwater Program routinely inspects businesses and industries in Hayward to correct improper practices that may pollute stormwater. You can make a service request for stormwater services online via Access Hayward.
The City of Hayward offers the following water conservation rebates to Hayward water customers:
- Lawn Conversion Program
- High Efficiency Toilet Rebate
- Rain Barrels
Our Water team manages the procurement, transmission, and distribution of your water supply and oversees Hayward's water conservation programs.
The City is committed to making water conservation a way of life. This includes maximizing water use efficiency and prohibiting water waste.
The following water uses are prohibited in the City of Hayward: