Permits & Licenses

When is a zoning permit required?
Zoning permits are required for most new structures and development, including building additions and exterior modifications to existing structures or site modifications including revisions to the parking layout, on-site landscaping and fencing.  Please contact the Planning Division at 650-903-6306 for additional information.
Are there any projects which do not require a zoning permit?
Yes, new construction or additions to single-family residential homes or duplex structures that meet all of the development standards of the zoning district, improvements which affect only the interior of a building, and construction of six-foot fences, are not required to obtain a zoning permit.  Please contact the Planning Division at 650-903-6306 for additional information.
How do I get the process started?
Applicants are encouraged to schedule informal meetings with staff to obtain input and direction prior to submitting a complete application. The required materials may vary depending on the project.  The applicant should meet with staff at the Development Services Center regarding the necessary materials to submit for each project. Once a complete application is submitted, staff will assign the project an application number.  Once the application has received an application number, a designated fee is paid in the Finance Department on the second floor of City Hall.  The project will be assigned to a planner who will assist you with the rest of the review process
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