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Planning & Zoning
The Planning and Zoning Division is committed to helping business owners, developers, real estate professionals, property owners and residents understand the process and requirements for planning and zoning, which precede the building permit process. Staff provide excellent customer service and are available to discuss review and approval processes, and planning application requirements.
CHECK LINKS BELOW FOR INFORMATION
- Applications for planning
- Building permit information
- Master fee schedule (Planning, Building, Public Works fees increase effective July 1, 2023)
- AB 602 Project Fees
- Zoning map
- General Plan/ Housing Element Update
- Quick links:
Applications for planning
Note: New construction or construction to modify an existing building requires a Building Permit. To obtain a Building Permit, the project must first be reviewed through the City’s Plan Check process. Find out and learn more about Plan Check.
- Planning Pre-Application Planning Pre-Application Planning Pre-Application Planning Pre-Application Planning Pre-Application Planning Pre-Application Planning Pre-Application
- Planning Application (Plans must include property address, landlords first and last name, contact information and type of project)
Housing Crisis Act of 2019 - SB330
- Under the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, applicants may opt to complete the following preliminary application form for those housing development projects seeking vesting rights, Check out and obtain Application.
Notice: Pursuant to the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, applicants shall provide the following additional information as part of their planning application:
Any information necessary to determine compliance with Government Code § 66300(d), including, but not limited to, information on the number of dwelling units being removed if any, whether any dwelling units meet the definition of a “protected unit” (Gov. Code, § 66300(d)(2)(E)(ii)), whether any dwelling units were subject to rent or price control, and whether any dwelling units are for rent.
- Check made out to City of San Pablo
- Credit card using the Credit Card Authorization Form
- Electronic submission - Weblink
- Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail applications to 1000 Gateway Avenue, San Pablo, CA 94806
- Public Counter is open Monday - Thursday from 7:30am - 4:00pm
- Envíe planos electrónicamente - Weblink
- El mostrador publico esta abierto lunes a jueves de 7:30am - 4:00pm
- Las solicitudes de planificación pueden enviarse por correo (1000 Gateway Avenue, San Pablo, CA 94806) o por correo o electrónico email@example.com
Master fee schedule
- Planning & Zoning Master Fee Schedule (Planning, Building, Public Works fees increase effective July 1, 2022)
- View the ADU Ordinance
- Learn more about the ADU Handbook
Senate Bill 9: The California Home Act (Atkins)
Effective on January 1, 2022, Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) amended the Government Code to allow for ministerial approval of two-unit (duplex) housing development on single family residential (R-1) parcels and one-time subdivision of existing single-family residential parcels into two parcels. Please contact the Planning Division for additional information or inquiries regarding SB 9 approvals.
- View ABAG's Senate Bill 9 Summary
- Graphic Overview of Senate Bill 9 (ABAG)
- Frequently Asked Questions (from ABAG)
Notice of New Stormwater Regulations as of July 1, 2023**
The City of San Pablo's National Pollution discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES Permit No.CAS612008) requires the City to implement significant changes to portions of Section C.3 (New Development and Redevelopment) as of July 1, 2023. Some of these changes include:
- Impervious surface threshold for most projects will drop from 10,000 to 5, 00 sq.ft (all new and replaced impervious surface as part of the project will count including sidewalks and roads in both private and public right-of-way)
- New categories of regulated projects include:
- Road and sidewalk repair projects ≥ contiguous sq. ft.
- Road reconstruction and pavement widening ≥ 1 contiguous acre
- Detached single family home that creates or replaces ≥ 10,000 sq.ft.
- Special Projects Category C definition changes.
This notice is to inform interested parties that their project may be affected by these changes. Projects that do not have building permits issued prior to July 1, 2023, will likely be subject to these new requirements. The Contra Costa Clean Water Program has updated its Stormwater C.3 Guidebook (8th Edition) to include these changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New construction/ Adding to existing residences
Before designing new construction or adding to an existing structure, the building setbacks, maximum height, maximum building coverage, and other development standards must be reviewed. These standards 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. Refer to Title 17 - Zoning Ordinance of the Municipal Code for setbacks, maximum height limitations, and other building restrictions.
- Density and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) Calculations R-1 Development Standards (2018) R-1 Development Standards (2018)
- R-1 Development Standards
- R-2 Development Standards
- R-3 Development Standards
- R-4 Development Standards
Fences, Walls, Gates and Screening
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.
Check out the Fences, Walls, Gates and Screening development standards
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.