The Planning Division is responsible for regulating land use and development within the City, processing development applications, disseminating land use information to the public and carrying out the City’s long-range planning efforts including maintaining the City’s General Plan Land Use Map and Zoning Map [PDF]. The Planning Division works closely with the Building Division and other City departments to guide new development projects efficiently through the Development Review process.

Development Review is facilitated by the Development Review Committee, an interdepartmental staff team, which meets weekly to evaluate new development proposals. Projects are reviewed for conformance with the City’s adopted policies and ordinances including the City’s General Plan and Municipal Code. Projects are also evaluated for quality of design and compatibility with existing development. Recommendations are made on development applications to the Planning Commission and City Council for their approval. For more information on the Development Review process and submittal requirements for various types of development applications, please see the Development Review section below.

Beginning March 6, 2017, Planning Division staff will be available the following days and time for in-person counter assistance:

Monday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Tuesday: 2:00 to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Thursday: 2:00 to 6:00 pm

If you need assistance outside of these hours, contact the Planning Division at (510) 675-5319 or email

The Planning Division strives to provide efficient, streamlined customer service and to make resources and information readily available to citizens, businesses, and prospective developers.

Application Forms

Preliminary Application for Development Review [PDF]

Formal Application for Development Review [PDF]

Environmental Information Form [PDF]

Stormwater Checklist [PDF]

Development Review

Development Review Process [PDF]

Site Development Review Submittal Requirements [PDF]

Use Permit Submittal Requirements [PDF]

Subdivision Submittal Requirements [PDF]

Project Data Sheet - Residential [PDF]
Project Data Sheet -  Commercial/Industrial [PDF]
 Hazardous Materials Notification [PDF]









Fees for Planning Applications and Documents [PDF]

Residential Development

Residential Zoning Regulations [PDF]

Requirements for Walls, Fences and Hedges in Residential Districts [PDF]

Requirements for Detached Accessory Structures in Residential Districts [PDF]

Requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units [PDF]

Property Information

Community View


Landscape Standards Policy Statement [PDF]

Examples of Bay-Friendly Landscaping [PDF]
Examples of Bay-Friendly Plants [PDF]
Water Efficient Ordinance 
Bay Friendly Basics Landscape Checklist [PDF]