Glossary

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AB - Aggregate Base
AC - Asphalt Concrete
Accela - Permitting Software System
AD - Area Drain
ADA - American with Disability Act
ADJ - Adjacent
AFF - Above Finish Floor
AMMR - Alternative Materials and Methods Request 
AP – Access Panel
APN - Assessor Parcel Number
APPROX - Approximate
APWA - American Public Works Association
ARB - Architectural Review Board 
ARCH - Architect
ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
ASD - Administrative Services Department
B
BFE - Base Flood Elevation
BIG - Build it Green
BLDG - Building
BMP - Best Management Practices
BMR - Below Market Rate
BP - Back Flow Preventer
BW - Back of Walk
C
C & D - Construction and Demolition Waste and Debris
C & G - Curb and Gutter
CAO - City Attorney’s Office
CAP - Coordinated Area Plan
CB - Catch Basin
CBC - California Building Code
CC - Community Commercial
CCOC - Conditional Certificate of Compliance
CD - Downtown Commercial
CEQA - California Environmental Quality Act
CIP - Capital Improvement Project 
CIP - Cast Iron Pipe
CMO - City Manager’s Office
CMP - Corrugate Metal Pipe
CMR - City Manager’s Report
CMU - Concrete Masonry Unit (Wall)
CN - Neighborhood Commercial
CO - Clean Out
COA - Conditions of Approval
COC - Certificate of Compliance
COMP PLAN - Comprehensive Plan (General Plan)
CONC - Concrete
COPA - City of Palo Alto 
CPA - City of Palo Alto
CRC - California Residential Code
CS - Service Commercial
CU - Copper Utility 
CUP - Conditional Use Permit
CUPA – Certified Uniform Program Agencies (Hazardous Material Reporting)
CY - Cubic Yards
D
DCAG - Development Center Advisory Committee
DCVA – Double Check Valve Assembly
DDCV - Double Detector Check Valve
DEE - Design Enhancement Exception
DEMO - Demolish / Demolition 
DI - Drop Inlet
DRC - Development Review Committee
DWY - Driveway
E
E - Electric or East
E or EX - Existing
EASMNT - Easement
EIR - Environmental Impact Report
EIT - Engineer in Training
ELEV - Elevation
EP - Edge of Pavement
EP - Encroachment Permit
EUSE  - Electric Utility Service Equipment
EUSER  - Electric Utility Service Equipment Requirements
EUSERC - Electric Utility Service Equipment Requirements Committee 
EVAE - Emergency Vehicle Access Easement
EVSE - Electric Vehicle Service Equipment
EX - Existing
F
FACP – Fire Alarm Control Panel
FAR - Floor Area Ratio
FAU - Forced Air Unit 
FC - Face of Curb
FDC - Fire Department Connection 
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency 
FF - Finished Floor
FH - Fire Hydrant
FHV - Fire Hose Valve
FIRM - Flood Insurance Rate Maps
FL - Flowline
FM - Final Map 
FPB - Fire Prevention Bureau 
FSS - Fire Sprinkler/Suppression System
G
GA - Gauge or Gage
GB - Grade Brake
GB-1 - Green Building Plan Sheet Template
GE - Geotechnical Engineer
GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter 
GFF - Garage Finish Floor
GI - Grate Inlet
GIS - Geospatial Information Systems 
GM - General Manufacturing
GP - Grading Permit
GPM - Gallons Per Minute
GRD - Ground
H
HAZ MAT - Hazardous Material 
HDPE - High Density Polyethylene
HIE - Home Improvement Exception
HMMP - Hazardous Materials Management Plan
HRB - Historical Resources Board
HVAC - Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
I
IAEI - International Association of Electrical Inspectors
IAPMO - International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
ICC - International Code Council
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
INFO - Information
INV - Invert Elevation
IR - Individual Review
IRRI - Irrigation
IVR - Inspection Voice Response System
J
JB - Junction Box
K
Knox Box – Fire Department Key Safe
L
LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LF - Linear Feet
LG - Lip of Gutter
LOC - Letter of Credit
LOMA - Letter of Map Amendment
LS - Land Surveyor
LSIT - Land Surveyor In Training
M
MAX - Maximum
MEP - Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
MH - Manhole
MIN - Minimum
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
MOUNT - Mountable
MSL - Mean Sea Level
MW - Monitoring Wells
N
N - New or North
NAD83  - North American Datum of 1983 (Horizontal Control)
NAVD - North American Vertical Datum 1988
ND - Negative Declaration
NEC - National Electrical Code 
NECA - National Electrical Contractors Association
NEMA - National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NESC - National Electrical Safety Code
NFPA  - National Fire Protection Association
NGVD - National Geodetic Vertical Datum 1929 
NOI - Notice of Intent 
NTS - Not to Scale
O
OH - Overhead Electric
OR - Official Records
ORD - Ordinance
OS - Open Space
OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Act
P
P&TC - Planning and Transportation Commission
PAE - Public Access Easement
PC -Planned Community
PCC - Portland Cement Concrete
PCE or PC & E - Planning and Community Environment
PE - Professional Engineer
PF - Public Facility
PIV – Post Indicator Valve
PL - Property Line
PM - Parcel Map
POC - Point of Connection
POT - Path of Travel
PP - Power Pole
PR - Proposed
PTOD - Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Development
PUE - Public Utility Easement
PV - Photovoltaic Solar System
PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride
PVMT - Pavement
PW - Public Works
PWE - Public Works Engineering
Q
R
R - Radius 
R & D -Research and Development
R-1 - Residential Single Family
R-2 - Two-Family Residence
RCP - Reinforced Concrete Pipe
RE - Registered Engineer
R-E - Residential Estate
REV - Revision
RLUA -Record of Land Use Action
RM-15/30/40 - Multiple-Family Residence
ROLM RESEARCH - Office and Limited Manufacturing
ROLU - Record of Land Use
ROS - Record of Survey
ROW or R/W - Right of Way
RP - Research Park
RPBP - Reduced Pressure Backflow Preventer
RWQCB - Regional Water Quality Control Board
RWQCP - Regional Water Quality Control Plant
S
S - South
SBE - Slope Bank Easement
SCD or SCP - See Civil Drawings or Plans
SCVURPPP - Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program
SCVWD - Santa Clara Valley Water District
SD - Storm Drain
SE - Structural Engineer
SEP - Special Events Permit
SF or SQ FT - Square Feet
SFR - Single Family Residence
SIA - Subdivision Improvement Agreement
SMA - Subdivision Map Act
SOFA - South of Forest Area
SS - Sanitary Sewer
STA - Stations
STD - Standard
SW - Sidewalk
SWPPP - Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan 
T
T-1 - Tree Protection plan sheet template
TB - Top of Bank
TC - Top of Curb
TCP - Traffic Control Plan
TI or T.I. - Tenant Improvement
TM - Tentative Map
TPR - Tree Protection Report
TRANS - Transformer
TS - Tamper Switch
TUP - Temporary Use Permit
TYP - Typical
U
U & O - Certificate of Use and Occupancy (New Commercial Tenant)
UL - Underwriter’s Laboratory
UPS - Universal Power Supply 
USA - Underground Service Alert
V
VCP - Vitrified Clay Pipe
VIF - Verify in Field
W
W - Water or West
WM - Water Meter
WV - Water Valve
X
Y
Z
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015