Planning and Environmental Review

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The Planning and Environmental Review Department provides staff services to assist City Management and the City Council, Planning Commission, and Design Review Board in guiding future growth and change in a manner that conforms to adopted policies and ordinances and that reflects community values. The Department includes the following three divisions:

  • Current Planning: Functions and services of this division include public information and assistance to customers at the front counter and by telephone, project review and permitting to implement zoning and subdivision regulations, design review, coordination of permitting with other agencies, permit compliance, and environmental review to implement the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

  • Advance Planning: This division is responsible for the development and maintenance of the City’s General Plan, Local Coastal Program, Housing Element, and Zoning Regulations. The Division oversees the City’s energy project planning, environmental programs, and geographic information systems. Important to this division are regional planning efforts with other cities, agencies, neighborhoods, businesses, and civic groups.

  • Building and Safety: Functions and services of this division include assistance to customers at the front counter, processing and plan check of building applications for compliance with the uniform construction codes, issuance of building and grading permits, inspections, issuance of occupancy permits, and code compliance.

Contact Us:

Planning & Environmental Review Information Desk     (805) 961-7543
Building & Safety Permits (805) 961-7552
Building Inspection Request Line (805) 961-7550
Advance Planning Division (805) 961-7540
Director's Office (805) 961-7540


Planning Department Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*Open during lunch hour

Building Department Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
Friday: CLOSED
*Open during lunch hour