SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS RECEIVED FOR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING - APRIL 13, 2020:
- Caltrans - DEIR Comments
- CDFW - Novato 2035 General Plan Update - SCH2016122043
- Marin Conservation League - DEIR Comments
- ROIC - DEIR Comments
- SMART - DEIR Comments - GP 2035
- Marin Audubon Society - DEIR Comments
April 30, 2020 UPDATE – All Construction Projects May Resume Under New Shelter In Place Order
Prior Cease and Desist Orders are now lifted, please review details for active permit holders HERE.
On April 29, 2020, the Marin County Health Officer issued a revised and extended Order to Shelter In Place. Under the Order, all construction activities may resume, however, new site safety protocols are required. The site safety protocols differ, depending upon the size of construction project, and include such things as mandatory personal protection equipment, daily screening of workers for COVID symptoms, limitations on number of workers, alternative scheduling of trades and travel to/from job site. Full details of the protocols can be found in Appendix B-1 and Appendix B-2 at the end of the Order found HERE.
All permittees will be required to sign an acknowledgement of the protocols and their responsibility for ensuring the protocols are in place at all times. The acknowledgement form can be found HERE.
The Building Division will now also resume taking applications for new permits, however, our public counter will remain closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Applications for new permits will continue to be accepted online, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and by appointment.
If you need information about submitting a new building permit application or scheduling an inspection, please also send those inquiries to email@example.com.
When you visit our lobby or when an inspector arrives at your property, you may be asked questions about symptoms of illness that you or other involved persons may be exhibiting. You will also be asked to maintain social distancing and wear a facial covering. We are asking ALL customers to provide this information and maintain these practices in an effort to minimize exposure to both our customers and our employees. We want to reduce possibilities of infection so that we are able to maintain highest possible staffing levels and continue to provide building services to our community.
Please note that we are continuing these services with a staggered staffing schedule so please be patient as you may experience delays in your application and inspection appointments.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Code Enforcement complaints involving life safety issues will also continue as normal; all others will be deferred until further notice.
Resale Inspections At this time, we are not doing physical inspections but are continuing to provide permit histories. Please click here for updated information regarding this modified Resale Program. You may also contact Alison Fletcher for more information at email@example.com.
Planning Division is continuing to respond to questions and processing project applications. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
The Planning Division has two primary functions:
- Assisting the community, and ultimately the City Council, plan for the City's future development, and
- Reviewing proposed development projects for conformance with the City's adopted policies and ordinances and environmental laws.
The Division is responsible for maintain and implementing the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, which guide development decisions, and the City's Climate Change Action Plan which seeks to lower emissions of greenhouse gases and adapt to the effects of climate change.
The Planning staff work with prospective applicants and neighbors to assure that new development improves the area and is consistent with adopted community-wide objectives.
The Division provides staff support to the Planning Commission and Design Review Commission.
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.
Planning Documents & Additional Resources
What is my zoning?A planner can tell you in which zoning district your property is located. You will need to provide either your street address or Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) or both. Send an email to email@example.com, call the planner-on-duty (you may need to leave a voicemail) at (415) 899-8989 between 9am - 5pm, Monday-Thursday and alternating Fridays (see Calendar for closure dates) or visit the office in person during walk-in counter hours 9am - 11am, Monday-Thursday. The Planning Division has a policy of making every effort to return phone calls within 24 hours. We hope to have the Zoning Map available online in the near future.
What are my setback requirements for an addition to my home?The Planning Division maintains a map that shows zoning for every parcel in the City. The map can be viewed at the Planning Services Counter, or call (415) 899-8989 to speak with a planner regarding specific zoning, setback, and related questions. Each zoning district establishes minimum setback requirements for the front, sides, and rear yards. Some lots, such as "flag lots" or oddly configured lots, require that planning staff make a determination with respect to where each setback applies. Staff will consider the access to the lot and orientation of the house among other factors when making such a determination.
Can I build a storage arbor/shed/garage in my backyard?
Residential accessory structures are permitted within residential zones. Placement is dependent on minimum setbacks, maximum height requirements and lot coverage which are dependent on your property's zoning. Call the Planning Division to obtain the specific standards for your property.