Entitlements provide individuals and groups (e.g., corporations, trusts, etc.) the legal rights to develop and permit a project. Many developments cannot be built until an entitlement has been approved. For example, significant cuts to the grade on a property requires the review and approval of a Grading Plan Modification (GPM); new commercial buildings require the review and approval of an Architectural Control (AC). The zoning code identifies appropriate uses and development standards for a property. However, the city may require an entitlement review to ensure the cities design guidelines and environmental requirements are being met.
Ministerial projects in comparison, can be built solely through permits. These kinds of permits or projects have shorter processing time frames, don’t involve public hearings, and are approved administratively by a Department Director or City staff. This is often the case with Building permits, where a project that has already received an entitlement will have its corresponding Building permit approved ministerially by City staff.