Tentative Map


Generally, a subdivision is any division of land for the purpose of sale, lease, or financing and is governed by the State Subdivision Map Act. Subdivision is defined as "the division, by any subdivider, or any unit or units of improved or unimproved land, or any portion thereof, shown on the latest equalized county assessment roll as a unit or as contiguous units, for the purpose of sale, lease, or financing, whether immediate or future, except for leases of agricultural land for agricultural purposes." The Subdivision Map Act distinguishes between a subdivision of five or more residential parcels which is a Tentative Tract Map and one consisting of four or fewer residential parcels which is a Minor Subdivision or Parcel Map. In general, a subdivision of five or more residential parcels requires a tentative tract map and a final tract map; a subdivision of four or fewer residential parcels requires a tentative and final parcel map. In Chino, subdivisions for multi-family (high-density) require a public vote, if a zone change is being requested, in accordance with Measure M.

How do I begin the Tentative Map process?
In order to begin the Map process, you must complete a Land Use, Development & Subdivision Application and submit it along with all required information, and pay all applicable fees to the Planning Division. The day of submission will determine possible DRC and future Planning Commission and City Council agenda dates.

What type of hearing is required for a Map?
A Tentative Map is required to be reviewed at a public hearing by the Planning Commission. If approved by the Planning Commission, a Final Map must be submitted to the Public Works Department for review and approval by the City Council.

What is the review process for a Tentative Map?

  • Talk to a planner to obtain information and an application.
  • Submit completed application.
  • Planning staff review.
  • Design Review Committee reviews project with applicant.
  • Application completeness and level of environmental review is determined.
  • Notice of public hearing is advertised and posted.
  • Staff makes a recommendation/decision.
  • The Planning Commission public hearing takes place.
  • 10 day appeal period.
  • Submit Final Map Application to the Public Works Department
  • City Council public hearing takes place.

Are there submittal deadlines for a Tentative Map application?
Filing deadlines for project submittal occur every two weeks. For a list of submittal deadline dates, see the Project Review Calendar.

What is the filing fee for a Tentative Map application?
Please click here to view the current fee schedule.

How long is the Tentative Map review process?
A Tentative Map usually takes 12 to 16 weeks to review. The length of time to process the Tentative Map could exceed 16 weeks depending on the extent of the project.

Is there an appeal procedure for a Tentative Map?
If someone is concerned about the decision made on a Tentative Map, the decision may be appealed to the City Council. Appeals must be made within 10 calendar days of the decision, and can be made by submitting the Appeal Application to the Planning Division staff in City Hall

Filing and payment of a Tentative Map for processing does not guarantee approval of the proposed map.

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