Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Department is committed to helping the business owners, developers, real estate professionals, property owners and residents to understand the process and requirements for planning and zoning, which precede the building permit process. The Planning staff provides excellent customer service and are available to discuss review and approval processes, and planning application requirements.


Before designing an addition, it is recommended to determine the building setbacks, maximum height, maximum building coverage, and other development standards. These are determined by the zoning district in which the property is located. You can determine what district your property is located in by looking at the zoning map.
*New Zoning Code - Adopted May 18, 2015
Refer to Title 17 - Zoning Ordinance of the Municipal Code for setbacks, maximum height limitations, and other building restrictions.


Remodels of existing residences are generally allowed, but may require a building permit. Remodels of existing residences to another use (i.e. commercial use) are allowed in some zoning districts, but require a change of occupancy permit and may have additional requirements.

It is recommended to contact the Fire Department and Public Works Department for any additional requirements related to a remodel.


Fences and walls are allowed to be built along property lines as long as they do not exceed the maximum height. In general, fences or walls may not exceed six (6) feet in height along the rear and side property lines and no more than three (3) feet in height within the front setback area.


Zoning regulates land uses within the City. Each parcel in the City is assigned to a zone which describes the regulations under which that land may be used. Title 17 of the Municipal Code is known as the Zoning Ordinance, and it identifies allowable uses and sets standards such as minimum lot size, maximum building height, and minimum front yard depth. The purpose of the Zoning Ordinance is to promote growth of the city in an orderly manner and to promote and protect the public health, safety, peace, comfort and general welfare in conformance with the general plan.


New Zoning Code - Adopted May 18, 2015



View Planning & Zoning Master Fee Schedule
Updated 7/1/2016


State of California Public Resources Code 21000-21189.3 has regulated to local governments the requirement to maintain a quality environment for the people in the state now and in the future.  A high-quality environment will result in healthful circumstances for all people.  The capacity of that environment is limited.  Local government has a duty to preserve and enhance the environment.  The legislature requires all agencies to regulate activities of private individuals, corporations, and itself to protect that environment through project analysis and alternatives using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The City of San Pablo as the lead agency has the responsibility of project review.  During the initial 30-day completeness review of applications for entitlements or permits, environmental issues might be identified which may require environmental evaluation of that project following the California Environmental Quality Act, Public Resources Code 21000-21189.3.  The public is invited to review and comment on current negative declarations or environmental impact reports.  The following project is available for review and comment:

Broadband Master Plan
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Notice of Intent 
Notice of Completion & Environmental Document Transmittal


Planning Pre-Application
Planning Application
Credit Card Authorization Form
Zoning Requirements
Home Occupation Conditions
Home Occupation Conditions (Spanish)
Restrictive Covenant for Secondary Residential Unit
Temporary Use Permit - Information Sheet

Forms may also be obtained by visiting the Permit Counter Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. For questions, please call (510) 215-3030.