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Murrieta City residents live within the city limits. The boundaries set by the U.S. Post Office and Murrieta Valley Unified School District are different than the incorporated city limit boundaries. Even though you may have a Murrieta mailing address, you may not live within the Murrieta city limits.
Please note that non-residents include, but are not limited to, residents of:
If registering in person for aquatic classes, or participating in an aquatic program (i.e. Lap Swim or Recreation Swim) or other recreation programs, proof of residency is required. The following will be accepted as proof of residency: a photo I.D. with your current address listed or a current utility bill that is in your name and has your current address listed. If you have questions about your residency or need further assistance, please call Parks and Recreation at 951-304-7275.
You play an essential role in your child’s aquatic experience. Your enthusiasm and guidance can make your child’s swim lessons fun and rewarding.
Give your child plenty of opportunities to develop strength, practice skills, and increase his or her comfort level in the water by taking him or her to a local or family pool. Stay interested in your child’s progress. Ask your child to show you a skill learned in swim lessons and incorporate the skill into a game to play in the pool. Remember: It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.
Yes, please contact the Building and Safety Department @951-461-6062 to schedule an appointment for first plan submittal. Appointment's are required for first submittals of new Single Family Residences, New Multi Family Residences, New Tract homes, New commercial/Industrial Shell building and Tenant Improvements.
You can request a building inspection by:
Please be prepared to provide the project number, project address, type of inspection and a contact phone number.
On minor residential projects, such as patios, decks, re-roofs and solar systems, where the work to be inspected does not require the inspector to enter the home or garage, the inspections can be performed without the contractor or home owner present. Be sure to allow access to the inspection area and make sure any dogs or animals are secured. If a ladder is required for the inspection, have one available for the Inspector to use. Also, please leave approved plans, permit, job card and any forms pertaining to your project available for the Inspector.
On larger projects that require access to the building or inside the home we recommend that the contractor, home owner, or someone 18 years of age of older be present.
See submittal requirements for the type of project you are submitting. Plan review submittal fees are based on type of and square footage of project.
Contact the Building Safety Department at 951-461-6062 to schedule an appointment for submittal.
The best way to know if your inspection was approved is to be present at the time of the inspection.
Another way is to look at the inspection job card. If it was approved the inspector will sign his initials with the date for the specific inspection.
You may also call 951-461-6062 to get inspection results, but the results may not be available until the following business day.
Inspectors are available Monday through Thursday in the mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m.
If you are requesting a permit and inspection for occupancy, please refer to submittal requirements for Tenant Improvements or Submittal Requirements for Tenant Occupancy Inspection.
Either of these processes once permitted and inspected will generate a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O). A City Business License must also be obtained prior to the C of O being issued.
Different processes and approvals are required for different types of permits. If you are not sure what type of permit you are requesting, speak with one of the Development Services Technicians and they will help you identify the type of permit required.
Many permits require more than just building department approval. The planning department, engineering department, fire department and other agencies may also need to review and approve your permit application and plans.
A permit is required for a water heater replacement. There are several code requirements that must be verified by a qualified inspector. An improperly installed water heater can be very dangerous, so it is important that you obtain a permit and schedule the required inspection.
You do not need a permit to replace your fence with a wood, vinyl or wrought iron fence provided it is in the same location and the same height. Block walls require a permit and may require a signed property owner’s agreement for shared walls constructed on property line.
If you are changing the location or height of the fence, contact the Planning Department 951-461-6061 for their regulations regarding fencing.
A permit is required for retaining walls over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, or for shorter walls that are surcharged. (Examples of surcharge would be a slope, vehicle parking structure).
A building permit is valid for 365 days after it is issued.
Once a permit has expired you may be required to begin the permit process from the beginning, possibly update plans to current code requirements and pay the applicable fees again. The request and affidavit are then sent to the architect, engineer, and owner. Upon receipt of a signed authorization from the architect, engineer, and owner the plans may be duplicated. If no response is received in 30 days, the plans may be duplicated.
In order to provide timely service to all customers at the counter, it is recommended that you complete the records request form provided by City Clerk’s office and schedule a time to review or purchase copies of the documents.
All active and scanned permits and plan records (if available) may be viewed at the Building Safety Department by appointment. Copies of some documents will not be provided unless the Affidavit for Duplication of Plans process has been completed. Applicable fees will apply for copies provided.
The option for a disk containing the requested copies may also be available.
Storage sheds less than 120 square feet in area do not require a building permit. The shed cannot be located in the front yard and must be located at least 3 feet from the side and rear property lines. The shed cannot be over 12 feet in height.
Inspections are done:
Every inspection varies from one project to another, so this makes it difficult to say what time they will arrive at your job site. You can call 951-461-6062 between 7:30 am - 8:30 am to get an approximate time. You can also communicate directly with your inspector the day of your inspection, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and coordinate a time with your inspector.
No. You must apply for a permit and follow the appropriate submittal requirements for your project.
Please have the approved plans, permit, job card and any forms pertaining to your project available for the Inspector. If any of these items are absent the inspection will not be done and you will have to re-schedule the inspection. In addition the work to be inspected must be complete when the inspector arrives.
State law requires that plans become copyrighted documents when an architect or engineer has placed their professional seal upon them. The plans may not be duplicated without the written authorization of the architect or engineer who prepared them. The law also requires the owner of the plans to authorize the duplication of the plans.
In order to receive copies of the City’s set of approved plans, an Affidavit for Duplication of plans must be completed and submitted to the Building Safety Department with a processing fee. Contact the Building Safety Department at 951-461-6062 for current processing fee and procedures.
To see what the City of Murrieta has on file you can request records through the City Clerks webpage.
You will need all of the applicable requirements.
A business owner must be 18 years or older to apply.
We require time to process and cannot produce an immediate license certificate without first being processed and approved. When a license is approved, certificates are printed, sorted, and mailed in large batches rather than one at a time.
We do not have a paper applications. Our application is embedded online for efficiency purposes. If you are computer illiterate, you may have a family member or friend assist you in completing the online application.
Some confirmed businesses are fee exempt although they are not exempt from a business license.
Choose the business type that best fits your business, otherwise choose business services. Licensing staff will correct your business type to one that best fits your business operations.
If your business falls under category I-IV the license base fee is calculated by the annual gross receipt amount. *Flat rate fee schedule supersedes the gross receipt fee schedule.
An annual gross receipt amount is all of the businesses received or accrued yearly revenue. *Multiple location businesses are to provide the annual gross receipt amount for the location(s) within Murrieta city limits only. Businesses located outside of city limits who are conducting business within city limits are to provide the annual gross receipt amount for work conducted within Murrieta city limits only.
Based on when the business started in Murrieta, the license start date will be set to the true business start date. For example; if a business submits a license application 2 years after the business started, the license fees will include 2 years of license fees plus penalties and interest.
The first of the month following your license expiration month.
If your business does not fall under a flat rate, license fees are based on annual gross receipt income. View the Fee Schedule (PDF) for more information on fees.
There is a $10 fee if your license is between renewals. There is no fee if the change of address is submitted at the time of renewal.
Only the businesses listed owners/officers can update the business license information.
If a businesses start date is years prior to submitting a business license application, the city will go back a maximum of 3 three years plus the current year totaling 4 years, applicable license fees will include interest and penalties.
You may search for a business by business name, business address, or business type using our online business search. *Results will include: business license #, business name, start date, expiration date, business address (excluding home occupations), phone number, and website address.
A business start date is the start of business (includes advertising) within Murrieta city limits.
Yes, regardless of how much business you have.
An account number is a business license number.
License (account) number can be found on the license certificate, in the emailed renewal notice, and on the renewal form.
The PIN number is provided in the renewal notice email, fees due notice email, and on the renewal form located on the bottom right corner. The system can also email the PIN number by clicking on "email my PIN".
Your business may receive a Code Enforcement citation for code violations such as but not limited to conducting business on an expired business license, not obtaining a business license, business license address is incorrect, etc.
All licenses are eligible to renew online if: there is no Hold on the license, renewing up to 90 days prior to the expiration date, and renewing within 12 months after the license expiration date.
No, we process and collect fees for no more than one year ahead up to 90 days prior to the license expiration date.
We do not generate invoices for a business license.
Emailed renewal reminder notices are sent up to 3 months prior to the expiration month. If you require a paper notice, you may print the emailed reminder. *Licenses can be renewed up to 90 days prior to the expiration date without a reminder.
It is not necessary to request a renewal reminder notice; they are automatically distributed via email up to 3 months prior to the expiration month.
No, business owners will need to renew each year at the time of renewal.
Renewals can only be done online, by mail with a printout of the renewal notice email or paper notice, or in-person at the Finance Department (waiting periods may occur).
Submit an online closeout request.
Business licenses are non-transferable. The license will need to be closed (submit online closeout request) and a new online application completed by the new owner including the applicable requirements.
Submit an online change of address request.
The City of Murrieta is known for its high quality of life, with strong public safety services, well-maintained streets and beloved parks. In Murrieta, we believe that we are all neighbors and we strive to be good partners to our community. In fact, 70% of local police officers and firefighters live right here in the community they serve.
The City of Murrieta is among the safest cities in Riverside County and one of the few with its own Police and Fire Departments. We believe every second counts when it comes to an emergency, and adequate police officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers are needed to ensure fast 911 emergency response times.
The City of Murrieta works hard to ensure local streets, parks and public spaces are safe, clean and well-maintained. A strong public library and parks and recreation system, including after school, sports and summer recreational programs, provide kids in our community with safe and supervised activities that keep them off the streets, away from gangs and out of trouble. Our community senior center helps keep our residents independent, active and engaged.
The quality of neighborhood streets and roads is critical to reducing traffic congestion, maintaining safe neighborhoods and keeping our commercial areas appealing for patrons of Murrieta's local businesses. Safe and clean parks and neighborhoods help maintain our high quality of life, protect local property values and keep Murrieta a special place to live. However, local streets, sidewalks and community facilities require ongoing maintenance that is beyond currently available resources. If we do not address these issues now, it will be more expensive to repair and maintain them in the future.
Murrieta has grown in recent years, but funding for public safety programs and other essential city services has not kept pace. Over the last seven years, our City has been responsible stewards of limited resources, proactively reducing staff and streamlining city services to maintain the level of service our community has come to expect. Even with these necessary steps, the City faces a structural deficit of several million dollars in the coming fiscal years. Tough decisions are looming that could threaten our safety and quality of life unless a local solution is identified.
For over a year, our City has been working to identify all options to increase revenues and reduce expenditures to address our impending budget deficit. Community input and engagement are critical components as we develop a plan to address critical funding needs and work to maintain and improve the services provided to our residents. Currently, the City is considering placing a one-cent sales tax on the November 2018 ballot to offset this funding deficit and keep Murrieta safe and thriving.
A potential local funding measure could maintain the City's long-term financial viability and provide funding for essential city services, such as:
The City is committed to transparency and responsible fiscal stewardship. A potential sales tax measure would be subject to strict accountability requirements to ensure the proper use of funds, including:
No. The funds could not be taken away by the State or used for other purposes, ensuring that our tax dollars are used locally.
Yes. A sales tax measure is not a property tax and visitors would pay their fair share, ensuring that local homeowners and renters don’t shoulder the entire burden.
No. By law, essential purchases like these are exempt from sales tax.
The proposed measure would increase our sales tax rate by one cent, providing approximately $14 million annually to maintain and enhance public safety and essential city services. For example, a one-cent increase would add one dollar to a $100 purchase. Groceries, medicine and other essential items are excluded from sales tax.
We welcome community input as we continue to explore a potential sales tax measure. For more information on how to Keep Murrieta Strong, email Join the Conversation.
City Hall reopened to the public on Monday, April 5, 2021. Temperature checks and face coverings are required to enter the building. Hours are from 8 am to 5 p.m. M - Th and 8 am to 4 p.m. alternate Fridays. Call 951-304-2489 to reach the front desk.
During normal business hours, members of the public can visit City Hall to apply and pay for most services. For business licenses, we are asking customers to take advantage of our convenient online services available 24/7 to apply, pay, renew, and update. Passport and Notary services are on hold.
Licensing staff can be contacted via email at: [email protected] or by phone at (951) 461-6042 during normal business hours. All business license related requests are completed online, licensing services are convenient and available 24/7: apply, pay, renew, update, etc.
No, if the business continues to occupy the location a closeout is not valid.
At this time, we have not implemented a plan to do so, we will evaluate and advise if/when the situation occurs.
City Hall, Fire and Police Administration, and all other City facilities are closed to the public, but many services continue virtually..
Parks are partially closed as follows:
There is a process in place to accept plans for Engineering and Development Services outside of City Hall to minimize potential germ spread. Please drop off building plans in the marked area, and staff will review after 48 hours, and you will be contacted by the reviewing department.
For more information on City services during this public closure, please reach out by phone or email, at (951) 304-CITY (2489), or [email protected], or visit the website at, www.MurrietaCA.gov.
For those who have received notice from the City that a particular recreation class or shelter reservation has been cancelled, staff will attempt to issue a refund, and in some cases we may apply a credit for the whole class or the pro-rated portion of the class not taken as well as for any shelter reservations within 30 days of the cancellation.
No, the City is taking special precautions if you are showing signs of illness, but we continue to operate at full capacity to serve the community.
No, they will not. Trash and recycling pick up service will continue at this time.
No, regular utility services are not affected at this time. For more information, please contact your local utility agency.
While animal community events are either postponed or cancelled, Animal Care shelter services will be continuing regular daily operations, including Animal Control at this time.
The City is hosting a drive-thru style service for those seniors currently registered for meals through the Office On Aging, which began Friday, March 20, 2020, between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will continue each Friday until further notice. Anyone not currently registered can fill out the intake form and receive the meals. Seniors must meet the minimum age requirement of 60 years or older to receive the meals. The Office On Aging will also be doing home-bound deliveries for those that are already signed and receiving this service. For additional information and/or questions, please contact City staff at (951) 461-6109 or email [email protected].
Yes, you can apply for a Library card online at bit.ly/murcard. A staff member will contact you within 24-72 hours to provide you with a card number that you can use to access online services such as: databases, audio-books, eBooks, tutoring help and much more.
Immediately contact Riverside County Home Connect at (800) 498-8847. The State has placed a hold on evictions, but it’s important to understand the rules around this. Visit https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/#top for more information.
Currently testing is available to those with and without symptoms. Visit www.rivcoph.org.coronavirus for a list of local community testing sites.
If you are ill and feel you require immediate care, contact your healthcare provider or visit the Emergency Room for an assessment and possible COVID-19 test.
Please visit the following websites for more information:
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/types.html)
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases.
On February 11, 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, charged with naming new viruses, named the novel coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2.
As the name indicates, the virus is related to the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that caused an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003, however it is not the same virus.
No. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people. Others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can spread to people. This happened with SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. The virus that causes COVID-19 likely also originated in an animal and spread to humans. The coronavirus most similar to the virus causing COVID-19 is SARS-CoV. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. The situation is changing, and information will be updated as it becomes available.
This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.
Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:
Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.
Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
Learn what is known about the spread of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html#risk-assessment)
Yes. View the CDC case count here:
Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn more about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html)
Yes. Please see the CDC recommendations below:
Riverside County requires face coverings except during solo/at-home-group outdoor exercise.
There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available online. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html)
There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html)
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html)
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Your healthcare professional will work with your local and state public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
State and local health departments who have identified a person under investigation (PUI) should immediately notify CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to report the PUI and determine whether testing for COVID-19 at CDC is indicated. The EOC will assist local/state health departments to collect, store, and ship specimens appropriately to CDC, including during afterhours or on weekends/holidays. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html#criteria-evaluation-pui)
For more information on specimen collection see CDC Information for Laboratories. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/index.html)
Using the CDC-developed diagnostic test, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected.
For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.
According to the Murrieta Municipal Code, every person or entity planning to engage in business within city limits, regardless of whether the business is subject to taxation or not, must do the following to procure a business license:
According to the Murrieta Municipal Code, "Business" means:
"profession, trade, occupation, gainful activities, and all and every kind of professional, commercial, and industrial calling whether or not carried on for profit."
A helmet protects your brain when you fall. It has a thin shell on the outside and thick foam inside. It has a strap to keep it on when you fly through the air. It only covers your head, and the rest of your body is exposed - so you still have to be careful.
The foam crushes when you hit the road - that cushions the blow and usually saves your brain. The shell makes it skid on the street so your neck does not get jerked. The shell also keeps the foam in one piece. The straps keep it on your head.
If the strap is not right, your helmet can slip to the side or to the back. Then your bare head can hit the road, ouch! The pavement is very, very hard. Being careful and not crashing is the best way - that's better than crashing in a helmet!
The helmet only covers your head. So you need to learn the rules of the road and ride that way. But even the best riders crash.
If you hurt your brain it can change you. You may not be able to read this page, or play video games, or talk, or run, or tie your own shoes or even feed yourself. Some people do not wear helmets, do not let that stop you. You need one when you ride your bike or skateboard; they do too, but they just don't know it yet.
Finding a helmet that fits you is the most important part. That will keep it on your head while you fly through the air or over the handlebars. Work on the straps to get the fit just right. It's easier if you have somebody help you.
You don't have to pay a lot for a good helmet, but be sure it fits you, you like it and you will wear it. Your helmet is good for only one bad crash. That damages the foam and you have to replace it. So you can wear a bike helmet to skate if you use inline skates and don't crash every day.
For skateboards where you do crash a lot, you need a different helmet that recovers after a crash. Skateboard helmets should have a sticker inside that says ASTM F-1492.
You can sign up through Parks and Recreation at 951-304-7275 or register online.
$45 for CPR and $30 for First Aid.
The classes are held at Fire Station 4 located at 28155 Baxter Road.
The classes are held on the first Saturday of every month unless it falls on a holiday weekend.
For upcoming training and registration information, contact the Fire Department.
The CERT course is 20 hours long. View Training Flyer (PDF) for more information.
No. At this time the Murrieta Fire Department concentrates on citizen training.
Yes, in order to receive the certificate of completion.
Yes, view our Fire Explorer Program page for more information.
Complete an Interest Form (DOC) and return to the Fire Administration office, located at 41825 Juniper Street.
Every July for those who have turned in an interest form prior to June.
Firehouse dinner certificates are issued to local (within City of Murrieta boundaries) non-profit organizations for fundraising purposes. One certificate per group within a 12 month period. Call Fire Administration at 951-304-3473.
Call Fire Administration at 951-304-3473 during regular business hours to schedule.
Annual Fire Department BBQ held in April. Contact Fire Administration at 951-304-3473.
To learn more about general emergency information view the Emergency Preparedness Checklist (PDF) and the Emergency Supplies List (PDF).
Fire hydrants are maintained by the water district.
Submit request containing the date of incident and address to Fire Administration preferably by fax to 951-677-6799
Yes, $22 payable to the City of Murrieta.
Weld, rough, hydro, and flush inspections are required.
Call the Fire Prevention Coordinator, Terri Aylward, at 951-461-6151 or 951-304-3473, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Inspections are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Morning block is 7 to 11 a.m. and afternoon block is 1 to 4 p.m.
An inspection can be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
Minor structural plans typically sent over by the Building Department. Also minor alarm tenant improvements and minor sprinkler tenant improvements with the approval of the plan checker.
You will need a submittal form.
It is best to call the Fire Department Prevention Division at 951-304-3473 to get accurate fees for your specific project.
A minimum of 3 sets are required.
Yes, with all documentation and the appropriate fees.
Three weeks are allowed; however, 2 weeks usually.
A letter is faxed to the number given on the submittal form.
Call the Fire Administration Office at 951-304-3473 during normal business hours which are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (closed on Fridays).
Group sizes of 30 people or less are preferred for station tours.
Call Fire Administration at 951 304-3473.
Yes, by calling the Fire Administration office at 951-304-3473 during normal business hours which are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Visit our directory for a listing of all departments and their contact information.
View our Agendas and Minutes page to view agendas for upcoming meetings and minutes for past meetings.
Murrieta is an accessible, friendly and comfortable destination connecting you and your family to vibrant experiences that will last a lifetime. Start exploring Murrieta, today!
View the code of ordinances to make sure your project is in line with the most current legislation.
Homelessness is not a crime and is a nationwide problem that can be seen throughout southern California. The City of Murrieta and the Murrieta Police Department are approaching the problem proactively. The Murrieta Police Department has developed a two officer Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.) to address issues surrounding homelessness in the City of Murrieta. The team is deployed on varying shifts and days of the week in order to best serve the community as a whole.
The H.O.T. unit will operate collaboratively with other departments within the city, other law enforcement organizations, surrounding municipal governments, social services agencies and local non-profit groups to work toward assisting and reducing the number of homeless in our community.
The City of Murrieta adheres to the ethos of Responsible Compassion for the Homeless.
Yes, there are numerous resources available that provide general support, food and shelter. The Murrieta Police Department is in the process of developing an informational brochure listing the various resources available to the homeless. Once the brochure is completed it will be available via this website.
Upon observing a homeless encampment you should call the Murrieta Police Department non-emergency number at 951-696-3615. Providing the Communications Center with an accurate location and description of the camp will assist responding officers in locating and contacting the occupants of the camp. Once the camp is located and the occupants have been contacted, what is actually done about the camp is dependent on many factors. The responding officers will work closely with the many resources available to determine the best course of action to take regarding the removal of the camp, which typically occurs within hours or up to a few days at the most.
Yes, panhandling is legal as long as it is performed in a location where the subject has a legal right to be located. Panhandling on or within 500 feet of a freeway access ramp is not legal (22520.5 California Vehicle Code (CVC)). Panhandling while in the roadway is a serious safety issue. Anyone who is located on a center median or any other part of the right of way of a roadway while soliciting and their actions create a traffic hazard are subject to citation (21954 CVC). If you witness anyone panhandling on or near a freeway access ramp or within the right of way of a roadway please notify the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615.
While panhandling in certain areas may be legal, alternatives to giving the subject money could be more effective. Donating to a local shelter, food bank or non-profit can help ensure aid is being distributed appropriately. Another strategy could be to purchase basic necessities, such as; food, water or clothing and giving it to the subject who is panhandling, in lieu of money.
Theoretically, it is illegal, however; case law established regarding property belonging to homeless persons makes it infeasible to prosecute for this offense. If you are aware of discarded shopping carts at a particular location, please call the Code Enforcement Unit at 951-461-6377. Code Officers will contact the appropriate business owner to facilitate the timely return of the shopping carts.
Yes, city parks are open to all persons during their hours of operations. There are certain actions that are prohibited in city parks, such as; smoking, consuming alcohol, using unruly language, loitering near bathrooms and littering. If any of the listed offenses are witnessed an officer can respond to take appropriate action. Everyone is also subject to the hours of operation established for all city parks, which is sunrise to sunset. Anyone without lawful business in a park during the hours the park is closed is subject to contact and citation. Lawful business would include those who have obtained city permits or are engaged in a contract to use the parks for sporting events. (Murrieta Municipal Codes 5.23.040, 9.01.040, 12.08.090, 12.08.060 and 8.24.120.)
Yes, drinking alcohol or using marijuana in public is illegal and is covered by Murrieta Municipal Code sections 9.01.040 and 9.01.060. If you witness someone drinking or using marijuana in public you can contact the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615. Smoking at a public park is also a violation of the Murrieta Municipal Code (5.23.040) and the violator could be subject to citation.
Yes, it is illegal to remove recyclables from containers and is covered by Murrieta Municipal Code 8.28.10. If you witness this action taking place call the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615.
A large portion of the Children’s fiction collection has been color-coded and corresponds to a set Lexile range. If you know your child’s Lexile range, this color coding system makes it easy to browse and find books. However, if you need a specific book, please bring in your Lexile range list with you.
Yes! Customers have the ability to pay their overdue fees online using PayPal or a credit card. Fees of $5.00 or more can be paid from a home or office computer, smartphone or tablet by simply logging in to your library account. Select Fines & Fees, then check the fines you wish to pay and select Pay Fines Now.
Fines & Fees,
Pay Fines Now.
For security purposes, fees cannot be paid using the Library’s computers or through the wireless connection.
Yes! You can place a hold on most items in the library system and you will be placed in the queue and will be notified when the item is available to be picked up at the library you selected.
You may return books and other materials borrowed from our partnering libraries and library systems at the Murrieta Public Library. They include the Moorpark City Library, Moreno Valley Public Library, Palmdale Public Library, Simi Valley Public Library and the Riverside County Libraries.
You are able to pay fines and fees and/or add money to your printing account with a debit/credit card.
You may use a card from the Moorpark City Library, Moreno Valley Public Library, Palmdale Public Library, Simi Valley Public Library and the Riverside County Libraries here, just as you may return any materials borrowed from those libraries here and our materials at their locations.
Yes. Any materials not returned before the end of the checkout period will be assessed a late fee.
Find digital resources available through the Murrieta Public Library.
The Murrieta Public Library welcomes residents, non-residents and non-profit organizations to rent our Community Room. Maximum occupancy is 185 and the room has audio/visual and computer equipment. For more information, call Gretchen Sedlacek at 951-461-6147.
In addition to public computers and printers, the Murrieta Public Library has a public copier available for public use. Please note: the computers shut down 15 minutes before closing each day.
There are Study Rooms available. Please sign up for a Study Room at the Adult Reference Desk. You will also need to adhere to the following guidelines:
Typically from late-January through the end of April, some federal and state tax forms are available at the Murrieta Public Library; most tax forms are also available year-round to download on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and California Franchise Tax Board (FTB)as well.
No, we do not have the Murrieta Valley Unified School District AR and Lexile booklists. Please see your school’s website.
The Murrieta Public Library has WiFi throughout its facility. When in the Library with your mobile device, select Library-Public; no password is required.
The Murrieta Public Library no longer processes U.S. Passport applications. We suggest you try the following:
The Murrieta Public Library has suspended Notary Services at this time. Please call Gretchen Sedlacek at 951-461-6147 with any questions or for updates.
The Library does offer scanning services and the scanning station is located next to the Adult Reference and Information Desk. The Library no longer offers fax services.
Please return a completed Volunteer Application (PDF) to one of the Library's Service Desks and you will be contacted regarding upcoming volunteer opportunities. Applications can also be found at the one of the Services Desks at the library.
You can register online and bring your registration number to the Customer Services desk. Photo identification and proof of current residence is required. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Library card application forms are also available in the Library.
Please remember: you must have your library card to access any of the library’s services. (Checking out or renewing items, using a computer, or paying fines/fees. This includes accessing your account from home via the Internet or over the phone.)
Visit our online catalog. You can search by title, author, words or phrases or subject. Select Check Availability and More Info for status and location of item. To search other libraries, select the assigned branch.
Please have your library card available to renew. All Murrieta Public Library items may be renewed up to 4 times, with the exception of brand new, in demand or special collection items or if someone else is waiting for that item.
Call Customer Service at 951-304-BOOK, or call Automated Phone Renewal at 1-888-388-0664.
There is a $1 fee to replace a lost or stolen card. Present a valid photo identification with payment to the Account Services desk and a helpful staff member will access your account and provide you with a new card.
Once you receive a new card, your old card and account number will no longer be valid. While your specific account information stays the same, the account/card number will change.
Items owned by the Murrieta Public Library have a loan period of 2 weeks. Items owned by libraries in our shared system may be subject to different loan periods.
Up to 30 items may be checked out on your card. The total can be made up of any combination of library materials.
Your personal identification number (PIN) is the last four digits of the telephone number you provided unless you have asked for it to be changed to some other number.
You will need your PIN to access your library account information online and to place holds on items in the catalog. If using the last four digits of your telephone number as your PIN does not work, you will need to come into the Library and speak to Customer Services.
Find contact information, hours, and directions for the Murrieta Public Library.
Passive enrollment allows employees to simply keep their current benefit elections. If no changes are required to your benefit elections, no action required.
Please make note; if the following applies to you, a Benefit Election Worksheet in addition to a Benefit Enrollment or Change form is required.
Yes, Flexible Spending Account contributions require an annual re-enrollment.
No, any funds remaining in an FSA account at the end of the calendar year will be automatically rolled over after the 3 month grace period. Grace period is provided to allow employees time to submit and process receipts for the previous calendar year.
Yes, if submitting your paperwork during the Open Enrollment period and wish to have the change effective for the new calendar year.
No, no action require as long as you have provided the City with proof of other coverage in the past.
*If your circumstances have changed and you no longer have other coverage you will need to submit a Benefit Election worksheet.
Log onto CalPERS to view your current medical insurance election, view current premium rate change for new calendar year, compare plans and use auto CalPERS HBD-12 form generator (HBD-12 print and submit to HR with Benefit Election Worksheet).
See Benefit Election Worksheet Instructions and or Benefit Election Worksheet How to Presentation.
No Cash-In-Lieu Option
Those hired on or After July 1, 2019, no cash-in-lieu option
Those hired on or After July 31, 2019, no cash-in-lieu option
Those hired on or after October 31 2019, No Cash-In-Lieu Option
Those hired on or after October 01 2019, No Cash-In-Lieu Option
You can use your Cafeteria Dollars to fund a CalPERS Health Insurance Plan, Flexible Spending Account (Medical or Dependent Care), or Taxable Cash if applicable above.
Participant Plan Effective Date: 1/1/2022
First Payroll date: 1/13/2022
Employee Annual Salary – This is the Employee Out of Pocket contribution (Section 6 on Benefit Election Worksheet).
Employer Annual Contribution – This is where an employee will place any allocated Cafeteria dollars.
Maximum Employee Annual Election – Add the two Columns for a total Contribution to FSA.
Deferred Compensation (ICRMA-RC & Nationwide)
All participants, regardless of age, are required to follow the posted skate park rules. This includes wearing a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.
Murrieta Municipal Code, Section 12.08160, Compliance required, B: The City Manager or his or her designee may exclude any individual or group from any city park, field, facility, or open space lands, or portions of any city park, field, facility, or open space lands, where such exclusion is necessary to protect public property or the public health, safety, or welfare.
The City Manager or his or her designee may exclude any individual or group from any city park, field, facility, or open space lands, or portions of any city park, field, facility, or open space lands, where such exclusion is necessary to protect public property or the public health, safety, or welfare.
The pool is available for rent in season when not open to the public.
Yes, the Community Services Department offers a variety of facilities for public rental. We have the facility for you if you're looking for a place to hold your next:
Learn about our facilities.
Yes, if you are looking to request lighting or reserve a sports field or court at a city park, please contact the Community Services Department at 951-304-7275.
We do take senior volunteers to help out at our front desk - greeting participants, answering phones, and giving tours. We also take volunteers to help out with the lunch program. Please check with the City's Volunteer Connection for all volunteer opportunities.
Murrieta Municipal Code, Section 12.08.160, Compliance required, B: The City Manager or his or her designee may exclude any individual or group from any city park, field, facility, or open space lands, or portions of any city park, field, facility, or open space lands, where such exclusion is necessary to protect public property or the public health, safety, or welfare.
Murrieta Municipal Code, Section 12.08.100 Animals: No person shall bring into any public park any cattle, horse, mule, goat, sheep, swine, dog, cat or any animal of any kind, except that dogs or cats may be permitted in the park on a leash under full control of the owner or person in possession. Those who own or have possession of a dog or cat within a park must collect, pick up, and remove all feces left behind by said animal in or upon the park. This section shall not apply to mounted police patrol.
No person shall bring into any public park any cattle, horse, mule, goat, sheep, swine, dog, cat or any animal of any kind, except that dogs or cats may be permitted in the park on a leash under full control of the owner or person in possession. Those who own or have possession of a dog or cat within a park must collect, pick up, and remove all feces left behind by said animal in or upon the park. This section shall not apply to mounted police patrol.
Murrieta Municipal Code, Section 12.16.010: Skating or coasting devices in business districts, and parks--Prohibited.
skating or coasting device
Murrieta Municipal Code, Section 12.08.110, Weapons: No person shall have in his or her possession in any public park any firearm, air gun, illegal knives, slingshot, bow and arrow, BB gun or any other item determined a weapon by the director or a Murrieta public safety officer. Nor shall any person discharge or shoot any firearm, air gun, slingshot, bow and arrow, BB gun or any other determined weapon within any public park within the city, except when permitted by the director as a part of a city-sponsored or authorized recreational activity.
No person shall have in his or her possession in any public park any firearm, air gun, illegal knives, slingshot, bow and arrow, BB gun or any other item determined a weapon by the director or a Murrieta public safety officer. Nor shall any person discharge or shoot any firearm, air gun, slingshot, bow and arrow, BB gun or any other determined weapon within any public park within the city, except when permitted by the director as a part of a city-sponsored or authorized recreational activity.
No, we welcome everyone that is eligible to visit the Senior Center.
Yes, the Murrieta Community Services Department offers water safety courses by Red Cross trained Water Safety Instructors.
Yes, the Murrieta Skate Park is located at the California Oaks Sports Park at the corner of California Oaks Road and Lincoln Road.
Yes, learn about our lunch program. The lunch is provided by the Office on Aging and they do require you to fill out an intake form prior to your first time having lunch.
No. The Senior Center does not provide transportation, but Riverside Transit Agency provides a Dial A Ride service. You can get more information by calling (800) 795-7887.
Did you know the City has 22 miles of multipurpose trails with more being planned? Additionally, the City of Murrieta has installed fitness signs at city parks marking the distance around that particular park. You can download the trails guide (PDF) or check out the Get Fit! Murrieta distances.
The Community Services Department is responsible for the oversight of the landscape in the public right-of-ways, parks, slopes, and medians. The City of Murrieta encourages the public to report issues in a publicly maintained landscape area. You can report an issue with an online form.
Water is a valuable resource and the public plays an important role in minimizing waste. The City of Murrieta encourages the public to report broken irrigation on City-owned and maintained property by contacting the Community Services Department. Submit an online form to report these concerns.
Murrieta endeavors to promote a healthy environment through its Vector Control activities, which include treating standing water for mosquitoes, assisting the county with West Nile Virus tracking, as well as treating for bees while providing educational information to its residents. The City of Murrieta encourages the public to report vector issues with an online form.
The Community Services Department removes graffiti on city property; however, if graffiti is located on private property, it will be forwarded to Code Enforcement. The city will attempt to remove graffiti on public areas within 48 hours. Report graffiti with an online form.
Beginning July 1, 2014 the annual membership fee for residents at the Youth Center is $20. Drop in fees are a minimum $1 each visit until the $20 fee is reached. Memberships begin the date they are purchased.
Fees at the Community Pool vary depending on the activity. Visit our Aquatics programs to view information about our community pool, view the pool schedule, and see current pool fees.
The California Oaks Skate Park will be open seven days a week from dawn to dusk starting on March 16, 2020. There will no longer be staff supervision on-site, which means no membership is required to use the skate park. All participants, regardless of age, are required by state law to wear proper safety gear while using the facility at their leisure. Participants also must adhere to all posted skate park rules as well as general City of Murrieta park ordinances. Learn more about Skate Park.
You must be 50 years old to participate in the senior activities and 60 years for the lunch program at the Senior Center.
When open, the Community Pool is kept around 82 degrees Fahrenheit to maximize the comfort of all participants. The pool temperature can fluctuate depending on the ambient temperature.
The California Oaks Skate Park will be open seven days a week from dawn to dusk starting on March 16, 2020. There will no longer be staff supervision on-sit. All participants, regardless of age, are required by state law to wear proper safety gear while using the facility at their leisure. Participants also must adhere to all posted skate park rules as well as general City of Murrieta park ordinances.
The Skate Park is not lit and therefore closes at dusk most days.
Find classes for children and sign up for programs online.
City parks are open from sunrise to sunset unless a permit has been obtained for after hours.
The Skate Park allows skateboards, scooters, and inline skates. No bicycles are allowed.
The Murrieta Youth Center (MYC) is a drop-in recreational program open to students' grades 6th thru 9th. Participants will be responsible for their decisions, actions, and attendance at the MYC. Valid school identification is required.
The Murrieta Youth Center (MYC) is a 6,000 square foot facility with:
The facility is open to participants to choose their activities while at the Center.
The Senior Center provides the following outreach programs:
The pool opens annually the first week in May and closes at the last week of September. The pool offers multiple lap swimming times, swimming lessons, public swim, and water exercise classes. Find the latest information about pool opening and programs.
The Skate Park hours vary depending on the season. Learn about the Skate Park.
Torrey Pines Park is located at 39455 Torrey Pines Road. This park is Murrieta's first park to include a connecting dog park that features a small and a large dog park area where pets can safely be off-leash.
Alderwood Park is located at 28796-28622 Baxter Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563. This newly constructed park features both a small and large dog park area. A combination of turf and decomposed granite can be found in both dog park areas.
Both areas include shaded seating areas to allow dog owners the opportunity to sit and relax while their pets socialize, utilize the dog exercise equipment and agility course, and the park also houses pet waste stations.
The purpose of a slurry coat is to provide a wearing surface that will wear away over several years as traffic drives over it. In the first few days after applying slurry it is common and completely normal for small rocks and bits of slurry to come off the surface (called 'raveling')of the newly applied slurry. The contractor will sweep streets several times over the first month after slurry is applied. Even after the contractor is done with the project, the City's normal street sweeping contractor will continue to sweep streets twice a month. In order to get the best sweeping results, residents should refrain from parking on the street on sweeping days.
Our contractor is scheduling about two weeks out and must factor in trash pick-ups, school schedules, weather, and much more. When we receive new schedules we will post them at www.MurrietaCA.Gov/streets. We will also post reminders on the City's social media pages when new schedules are available. www.Facebook.com/CityofMurrieta
These schedules can change due to rain or other unexpected delays and we will update the schedules accordingly.
With the application of fresh slurry there are certain appearance issues that will be resolved over time, including what are we refer to as power steering marks or light tire tracks. These issues are unavoidable because while fresh slurry takes just a few hours to dry to a point where the street can be reopened to traffic, it will take several months to cure. All of these times are dependent on environmental factors like moisture in the air and air temperature.
With more traffic, the imperfections in the slurry will work themselves out over several months.
Information can be found at www.MurrietaCA.Gov/Streets. We will also post regular updates on our social media pages. Facebook.com/CityofMurrieta.
The City has produced a map of streets, along with a list of street segments, that will be completed on the City’s website.
in early 2021, the City completed a Pavement Condition Assessment that resulted in the close inspection and rating of all streets in the City. The rating system is called the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) which is a numerical index between 0 and 100, and is used to indicate the general condition of a pavement section. The lower the score, the more attention and maintenance the street segment requires. This project is targeted at streets that scored lower and requires attention now in order to prevent further degradation of the street sub-surface.
Unfortunately, no. The scope of work for the current project has been finalized and the streets were carefully selected using data driven analysis. Streets not done in this project, or the project in 2019, will be done in 2023, if they are residential streets maintained by the City.
No. The scope of work for the current project has been finalized. Slurry sealing is an important investment in a street's maintenance and adds to the longevity and quality of the road.
No. Streets in gated communities or in communities that have streets designated as private or are otherwise streets that do not conform to City standards and were not accepted for maintenance by the City (i.e.- Bear Creek, Greer Ranch, Jackson Crossing, The Colony, Via Princessa area) will not receive slurry.
No. A slurry application, and the crack sealing that takes place before applying slurry, is intended to seal the street from water penetration which will extend the life of the pavement. The application is not intended to “repave” the street by replacing the existing pavement. Streets will look better, though.
We stagger streets to allow for residents to enter and leave the neighborhood. If streets are include in this phase of the project, we will come back to them.
The dark black color will eventually oxidize due to exposure to sunlight and will fade to a gray color.
There are a variety of factors that impact the color of newly applied slurry including air and surface temperature, humidity, water from rain or sprinklers. Normally, the brown color will turn to a deeper black when it is exposed to the heat of the sun and allowed to cure.
We know you won't do that. But if you did, there is a good chance that it would damage the work in your neighborhood by leaving deep groves in the road. It may also damage your vehicle.The City would then have to decide if the street is to be redone or repaired, which costs thousand of dollars. In the case of intentional damage, this cost could be passed on to the driver or his/her insurance.
Please don't drive on wet slurry.
Please contact the City’s Contractor, American Asphalt South, at 909-427-8276 to submit a claim.
You may leave your car in your driveway. You may not be able to leave the driveway if the slurry work is in process. You may have to wait a few hours. If you know you will need to use your car, please park on a nearby street that is not on the slurry schedule.
Please call the City’s contractor, American Asphalt South, at 909-427-8276 to discuss how this will affect your activity. The contractor will make every attempt to accommodate your needs.
We cannot apply slurry seal in the rain, so any planned work on rain days will be rescheduled. Our goal is to keep our schedule intact, so we will pick up according to the schedule after the rains and weave in the skipped streets when possible. As always, signs will be posted 72 hours prior to work starting.
Simply put, the City saw an opportunity to reduce expenses and, at the same time, have a positive impact on the environment. The City estimates that once the streetlights are retrofitted with LED fixtures, we will save 1,750,000 kilowatt hours per year in energy, or about a 75% reduction in the energy we currently use for streetlights! That is a significant reduction in energy usage!
In 2015, the City, working in partnership with other member agencies of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), began investigating the idea of purchasing streetlights from Southern California Edison (SCE). Once purchased, the City would retrofit the streetlights with modern, energy efficient LED fixtures. The goal was to save money on the amount that SCE billed for energy consumption and maintenance of the streetlights. The savings would be used to finance the purchase and retrofit over a 15-year period.
The member jurisdictions of WRCOG will be purchasing almost 50,000 streetlights and retrofitting them with LED fixtures, which represents one of the largest retrofit projects ever done in the Western United States. Industry experts with decades of experience with streetlights and the evolving technology of LED fixtures provided invaluable information to staff and elected officials when deliberating whether to proceed with the purchase. The City of Murrieta is the first jurisdiction to complete the complex purchase process.
Prior to purchasing the streetlights, the City was paying well over $1 million per year to Southern California Edison (SCE) for electricity and maintenance of the streetlights, and the cost was expected to increase each year. When the City buys and retrofits the streetlights, the amount paid to SCE will decrease significantly because we will be paying less for energy and will not pay SCE to maintain the streetlights.
For example, the City paid SCE about $12.68 per month for a residential, 55-watt, low pressure sodium light. That cost will be reduced to $3.58 per month when the light is retrofitted with an LED fixture, which also includes an administrative support fee and monthly fee paid to our maintenance contractor, Siemens Mobility. With the savings, the City will be able to repay the investment made in the purchase of the streetlights and the retrofit to the new LED fixtures. The investment will be repaid over a period of 15 years.
All cities with city council districts must engage in “redistricting” every 10 years following the decennial federal census in order to ensure that all districts continue to have equal populations and follow all state and federal laws. In 2017, the Murrieta City Council transitioned to a district-based voting system to elect its City Council Members, replacing its at-large election system. The City phased in the new district-based elections over two election cycles starting in November of 2018, with full implementation in 2020. The City of Murrieta must now ensure that no changes are needed in light of the new 2020 federal census data and must go through the regular decennial redistricting process.
The redistricting process timeline is prescribed by the California Election Code. Section 21627.1. This requires that Murrieta hold at least one public hearing before the Council draws a draft map or maps of the proposed council boundaries and at least two public hearings after the Council has drawn a draft map or maps of the proposed council boundaries. All public hearing buildings shall be accessible to persons with disabilities and live-interpretation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English shall be available upon request (at least 72 hours before the meeting).
September 25, 2021 - 1:30pm
Public Workshop 1: Redistricting Training
Murrieta Youth Center
October 19, 2021 - 7pm
Public Hearing 2: Pre-Draft Community Input
Murrieta City Council Chambers
October 26, 2021 - 7pm
Public Hearing 3: Live Map Drafting
October 27, 2021
Deadline to submit Communities of Interest Testimony to be considered for the Draft Maps
November 1, 2021
Draft Map Posted Online for Comment
November 16, 2021 - 7pm
Public Hearing 4: Feedback
December 7, 2021 - 7pm
Public Hearing 6: Feedback and Council Votes on Final Map
The hearings will be led by the demographer’s consulting team and are designed to be as accessible and transparent as possible. Generally, the hearings will have 3 phases. The consultant will begin with a presentation to give an overview of the process and the criteria. After that, there will be an opportunity for the public to ask the consultants clarifying questions, to view the map of the city, and talk to the consultants and other residents to prepare input. Finally, the hearings will resume to allow for formal public input to be presented by attendees. The consultants will be able to show the area that the input focuses on using mapping software and a projector. The consultants will use the public input in constructing the draft maps.
The first workshop (September 25, 2021) will provide training on the criteria and process for redistricting. At the second meeting (October 19, 2021), the Council will solicit public input on their communities of interest, and the redistricting consulting team will receive direction from the City Council. The third hearing (October 28, 2021) will focus on the drawing of the draft map with live and in-person public input. On November 1, 2021, the official draft map will be posted onto the website for feedback and comments. The fourth and fifth hearings (November 16 and December 7, 2021) are to receive feedback on the draft map. The finalized map will be voted on and adopted at the fifth hearing (December 7, 2021).
Generally, the following criteria are used to redraw the council districts (California Elections Code. Section 21601):
As counted by the 2020 Census, the City of Murrieta had a total population of 111,187. The decennial census is the only survey that counts everyone, so we have to use that data to draw districts. There will be five council districts. To figure out the ‘ideal population’ for each council district, take the total population and divide it by the number of districts (5) which equals 22,238 persons.
Districts are drawn using the total population as counted by the last census. Everyone who was counted, irrespective of age, residency status or other demographics has to be assigned to a district. Districts are not equalized using voters, registered voters or citizens.
One of the criteria to draw maps is called “Communities of Interest” or COI. Because there are no datasets available for Communities of Interest, we appreciate your help to define them for the City of Murrieta. A COI is a group of people in a defined geographic location that share a common bond or interest. A Community of Interest is defined as a “a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of fair and effective representation.” Please tell us what defines your Community of Interest, where it is located and why it should stay together.
Resources for Submitting COIs:
We would like to hear from you so we can make informed decisions about where to draw district lines. Specifically, we need information from you about your neighborhoods and communities of interests. You are the expert who knows your community and neighborhood! If we know the geographic locations of the Communities of Interest in Murrieta, we can consider them when drawing lines and we won’t inadvertently split them! Keeping communities together in the same district can help to get more responsive representation.
If you have more questions, we are available to answer them!
A Short-Term Vacation Rental (STVR) is most often defined as a rental of a residence (Single-Family/Multi-Family), a portion of a residence, or a detached bedroom/bathroom (Non-Junior/Accessory Dwelling Unit per State Law), for periods of less than one month (<30 days). STVRs are also commonly referred to as vacation rentals, transient rentals, short-term rentals and resort dwelling units.
Generally, there are two types of vacation rentals: “Hosted” (Home-Share) and “Non-hosted” (Whole-Home). A “Hosted” (Home-Share) is the rental of one or more guest rooms (Non-Junior/Accessory Dwelling Unit per State Law), where the property owner resides in the residence during the guest stay. This could also include the rental a detached guest room and bathroom (Non-Accessory Dwelling Unit) while the property owner is in the main residence for the duration of the stay. A “Non-hosted” conversely, is when a property owner typically rents out the entire residence to a guest and is located off-site from the premises for the duration of the stay. This rental arrangement would typical involve a property management company.
Your responsibility as a STVR host and operator is to ensure that the STVR operates in a manner that protects the quality of life for your neighbors and surrounding neighborhood and complies with all City operational requirements.
An issue can be reported at the following link www.MurrietaCA.gov/stvr or at (951) 210-7675.
Hosted STVRs are permissible in the Rural Residential (RR), Estate Residential (ER-1), (ER-2), (ER-3), Single-Family (SF-1), (SF-2), and Multi-Family (MF-1), (MF-2), and (MF-3) zones (subject to limitations1).
Non-Hosted STVRs are permissible in the Rural Residential (RR), and Estate Residential (ER-1), (ER-2) zones (subject to limitations1,2).
1Hosted and Non-Hosted STVRs are limited to 300 in total availability. Please contact the Planning Division for additional details.
2For Non-Hosted STVRs within the ER-1 and ER-2 zones shall have a minimum of 300 feet between the subject non-hosted location and another non-hosted location as measured from all property lines. Please contact the Planning Division for additional details.
300 in total, inclusive of Hosted and Non-Hosted STVRs.
Please see the following links:
(Future link from Vendor here)
Non-Hosted STVR application/renewal fee = $349.00 + $75.00* Business License Fee (base) + $4.00* Assembly Bill (AB) 1379 State Fee.
Hosted STVR application/renewal fee = $200.00 + $75.00* Business License Fee (base) + $4.00* AB 1379 State Fee.
*Please Note that business license fees can vary depending on gross receipts and the State of California fees are subject to change over time. Please see the Schedule of Fees at the following link for additional details: https://www.murrietaca.gov/903/Fee-Schedule
Two per bedroom for overnight occupants with a maximum of ten overnight occupants. See following table:
SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL OCCUPANCY LIMITS AND PARKING LIMITATIONS*
Number of Bedrooms
Additional Day Time
Total Daytime Occupancy
Total Vehicles Allowed On-Site (Overnight)
Total Vehicles Allowed On-Site (Daytime)
For Estate Residential (ER) and Rural Residential (RR) Zones:
*Residents of “hosted rental unit” locations do not count towards maximum occupancy levels
One additional daytime guest in addition to overnight occupants (up to four bedrooms)
Please see following table:
On all advertisements, parking passes, and temporary short-term vacation rental signage.
Please see following table for required on-site parking quantities:
These parking spaces have to be located on-site (driveway or within garage) or within a designated location for a condominium.
Parking passes will be issued at approval based on the associated number vehicles allowed.
A parking pass will be required to be placed under the windshield for all STVR occupants for the duration of the stay and their daytime guest.
The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is a tax paid for a nightly stay for a lodging establishment within the City.
The owner and/or the owner’s authorized agent or representative shall comply with all provisions of Chapter 3.24 (Transient Occupancy Tax) of the Murrieta Municipal Code concerning the payment of Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT), including, but not limited to, submission of a monthly reporting and remitting requirements in compliance with Section 3.24.080 of the Murrieta Municipal Code, which shall be required to be filed monthly even if the short-term vacation rental was not rented during such month.
This calculation shall include “cleaning fees”, “resort fees”, and “other” fees as part of the total “rent” charged for the short-term vacation rental.
The current rate is 10 Percent per night.
Permits are good for one year from the date of issuance. They run concurrently with the Business License Permit.
Yes, however, subject to limitations:
A permit issued by the City pursuant to this Chapter shall not be transferred, sold or assigned to any other person or entity, except with the prior written approval of the City.
A written request for such transfer shall be accompanied by an application for a new permit issued by the City under this Chapter, and must be received within thirty (30) days of the transfer of the property to a new owner.
Yes, a written Courtesy Notification is required to be provided to all properties within a 300 foot radius from all property lines of your property.
A title company or similar service can help provide this documentation.
Creating a parking enforcement program is an extremely costly process. There would be a requirement to purchase, install and maintain hundreds of 'No Parking' signs; hire and train parking enforcement officers; and then defend the resulting parking citations in a court of law. Very few jurisdictions in our region have this type of program. The City of Murrieta believes that educating our residents about the street sweeping program, publicizing the sweeping schedule, and asking that residents not park on the street on sweeping days is a more effective and community friendly way to proceed.
The City's contractor will not sweep streets on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If the scheduled day for your street falls on one of these holidays, then your street will be swept on the next regularly scheduled day for your street.
Your street may be part of a gated community (i.e.- Greer Ranch) or have streets that are designated as private (i.e.- The Knolls) and are not maintained by the City. Also, if your housing development is relatively new, the streets may not have yet been turned over to the City for maintenance. Parcels benefiting from sweeping service are charged a small fee on property tax rolls.
Please call the City's Public Works department at 951-304-YARD (9273) with any complaints you may have for street sweeping.
The City's Sign Ordinance is the set of regulations, established by the Murrieta City Council, that governs signs. This includes the locations allowed for varying types of signs, the sizes of the signs, amount of time they can be displayed and the permitting process. The City will commence active enforcement of prohibited signs on May 1, 2012.
Not at this time. You simply need to have your temporary sign conform to the City's sign standards. Note: It is anticipated that a no-fee, online permit will be required in the future.
A temporary sign is a sign that is not, permanently or for a long periods of time, affixed to a building, wall or structure. There are three types of temporary signs: