The Novato Police Department Lobby is open. All other City facilities are currently closed for walk-in service following the Shelter in Place Order for the County of Marin. Please call for details about the services you are interested in. 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources


We are pleased to continue providing services to our community during the COVID-19 shelter in place. 

NEW! We have developed a new Start-to-Finish Remote Permitting process. 

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At this time, we are not holding face-to-face meetings but can accommodate remote meetings when needed.  Staff members are available via phone at 415-899-8989 and email to

The Community Development Department is comprised of the following divisions:

Learn about affordable housing programs and resources.

Learn about Novato's environmental sustainability efforts and loan opportunities to fund home and business energy efficiency upgrades.  

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Business Counter
An online tool, powered by Open Counter, to help businesses navigate the City's permit process. Businesses will be able to look up zoning requirements, permits and fees. Just answer a few questions about your business to receive a customized report on the permits, licenses, and estimated fees required for your project.

Zoning Check
Select a land use and location to see how the zoning code will impact your project. This also helps applicants understand their options before choosing a location for their business.

The mission of the Community Development Department is to actively engage the community in defining its goals, ensure that Novato's values are reflected in the physical environment of the City, and assist in providing safe and well-maintained buildings.

We are responsible for ensuring that:

  • New development enhances the community and protects the environment,
  • New construction compiles with health and safety codes, and
  • Properties are maintained and businesses operated in accordance with City codes and state law.

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