All 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

Effect of the Marin County Shelter in Place Order:  In order to comply with the purpose and intent of the Order, construction activities, inspections and permitting for essential activities only will continue.  All non-essential construction activities and permitting will stop until such time as the Order is lifted. Our public counter will remain closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Applications for new permits will continue to be accepted online and by appointment. Call 415-899-8989 to make an appointment. A detailed explanation of our protocols can be found here.  Please note that we are continuing these services with limited staffing so please be patient as you may experience delays in your application and inspection appointments. 

When an inspector arrives at your property, they may ask questions about symptoms of illness that you or other involved persons may be exhibiting.  We are asking ALL customers to provide this information in an effort to identify how to best minimize exposure to our customers and our employees. We want to maintain highest possible staffing levels so that we can continue to provide inspection services to our community.

Contact if you have additional questions.

Code Enforcement complaints involving life safety issues will also continue as normal; all others will be deferred.

Resale Inspections will be temporarily suspended during the local emergency.

Planning Division  will continue responding to questions and processing project applications. Contact if you have questions.

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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NEW! 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.

NEW! 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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