Planning & Building/Business License

Helpful Numbers

  • Permits: 626-300-0712
  • Inspection Requests: Select the "Request an Inspection" link below and complete the e-form or call 626-300-0706 
  • Building Inspector: 626-300-0753
  • Code Enforcement: 626-300-0714 or 626-300-0789
  • Tree Inspections/Tree Permits: 626-300-0789
  • Planning: 626-300-0784
  • Business License: 626-300-0700

Draft Results for the City Wide Historic Survey

The City of San Marino’s Planning and Building Department is undertaking San Marino’s first-ever historic resources survey, to identify places of social, historical and architectural significance.  Phase 1 includes a Survey Map of the City, a preliminary list of properties and a Historic Context Statement.  Phase 2 will include a refined survey map and a finalized list of properties including a variety of tools for the City and the public to use to identify properties of interest.  

The overall purpose of the citywide survey is to record information on potential historic resources in San Marino. No properties will receive formal historic designation as a result of the surveys; this is a separate process subject to public notification, participation and review. For your reference, please see below the Draft Survey Map, the Survey Area, a Chronology Map, the Draft Historic Context Statement, and the Draft Lists.  

San Marino City Wide Survey Map

Draft Historic Context Statement

Survey Area Map

Chronology Map

As stated above, No properties will receive formal historic designation as a result of the surveys; this is a separate process subject to public notification, participation and review.  The documents attached are also working documents and are subject to change.

Draft Property List - Districts, Draft Property List - Individual, Draft Property List - Non-parcel, Draft Property List - Miscellaneous, and Draft Property List - Integrity 

For additional information on the San Marino citywide survey, please contact Aldo Cervantes, Planning and Building Director, at 626-300-0710 or via email at 

Please select the form below if you wish to submit information related to a specific property or neighborhood.

Historic Survey - Public Information Form

Purpose & Responsibilities

Maintaining the high-quality residential character of San Marino is the top priority of the Planning and Building Department.

This department is responsible for administering and enforcing local and state regulations applicable to construction on private property within the city. Included in this responsibility is the review of construction plans, issuance of permits and field inspection of projects from foundation through final completion of buildings.

The department plays the major role in ensuring conformance with city ordinances, state laws, and promoting property maintenance.

Current Planning Activities

Current planning activities include providing zoning information to the public and reviewing development plans for compliance with city zoning regulations.

Long-range community planning guides the future growth and physical development of the city by updating the general plan and its various elements.

The department also provides staff support to the City Council, Planning Commission, and the Design Review Committee. The department also works with the business community through the San Marino Chamber of Commerce.


When requesting for an inspection, please have the following information ready:

1. Permit Number 

2. Type of Building: Residential or Commercial

3. Address and the Specific Location of Inspection within the building

4. Type of Inspection:

  • Building: Reinforcing Steel, Rough Frame, Insulation, OK to Cover, Final, etc.
  • Electrical: Rough Wiring, Fire Alarm, Survey, Final, etc.
  • Plumbing: Underground, Rough Plumbing, Fire Sprinkler, Final, etc.
  • Mechanical: Underground, Rough Mechanical, Final, etc.

If you are requesting an inspection from the Planning Department, such as a rough or final inspection, please contact Planning at 2200 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108 or (626) 300-0713 or (626) 300-0784.

5. Preferred Date and Session (AM/PM) of Inspection

6. Site contact person's name, e-mail and phone number

Please select one of the links below to schedule an Inspection or Request a Permit Extension.

Request an Inspection

Request for a Permit Extension
Register an Unoccupied Residence

To check the status of a business license, select the link below. 
Business License

Code Enforcement

 An important function of the department, code enforcement, is primarily conducted through the environmental services manager. Other staff members while conducting field work also identify and process visible code violations in hopes of obtaining compliance in a timely manner.

Report a Possible Code  Violation


When submitting concerns related to a violation or issue, please include the date, time of day of the observed violation, photographic evidence of violation and exact address of the violation.

Questions can be directed to Victor Aleman, Code Compliance Coordinator at (626)300-0714 or or  
Ron Serven, Environmental Services Manager at (626)300-0789 or


The combination of contract and in-house staffing for building inspections and plan check processing is especially beneficial during changes in the economic cycle. The department is able to reduce or eliminate contract services without resorting to layoffs of city staff.

Together the employees of the department are responsible for current and long-range community planning functions, building permit processing and inspection services, engineering, code enforcement, and zoning administration.
The Department consists of:
  • Planning and Building Director
  • Associate Planner
  • Assistant Planner
  • Building Inspector
  • Permit Technician
  • Environmental Services Manager
  • Contract City Engineer