Design Review & Other Planning Permits and Actions

Every planning permit request starts with a Planning Permit Application, which is supplemented by additional information needed to process the request.  NOTE:  Download all fillable forms first, then complete them.

Design Review

 is often part of a larger application process.  But if a Design Review permit only is needed, there is a $660 deposit, whether it is heard by the Zoning Administrator or the Planning Commission.  

Want to know if Design Review is required for your property?  Check out our handy guide!

Small Design Review:  4 or fewer units, no more than two stories, no historic designation
Large Design Review:  5 or more units, 3 or more stories, historic designation
Sign Design Review:  Signs more than 20 SF, signs in residential zoning (unless smaller than 2 SF), in Neighborhood Conservation Areas, on historic structures or sites, part of a development project, and at the Director's option
Master Sign Design Review:  Signs for a non-residential project with 2 or more tenants, one main building 10,000 SF or more, on parcels one or more acres in size, on theaters or auditoriums (places of public assembly), on parcels with frontage on more than one street or alley, and non-conforming signs involuntarily damaged by more than 50% of its replacement cost

Click on highlighted permit types for any available information and checklists, which will help you submit a complete application. We encourage you to speak with a planner if you have any questions.

Permit or Action and Deposit Required

   $660   Small Design Review (or Amendment) - Standalone
   $660   Large Design Review (or Amendment) - Standalone

$1,650   Mills Act (Guidelines)
$6,600   Environmental Impact Report 
   $825   General Plan Consistency       
$1,650   Historic Designation / Landmark 

    $385   Preliminary Review 

Appeals of Zoning Administrator or Planning Commission decisions require a flat fee of $1,859.

Additional Links and Information:

Small Design Review may require a Small Landscape Plan
Large Design Review may require a Large Landscape Plan
Design Review - Master Sign Checklist
Design Review - Small Sign Checklist
Small Site Plan may be required for some applications
Large Site Plan may be required for some applications
Mills Act Tax Savings Calculator

NOTE:  Download all fillable forms first, then complete them.