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Planning Division


The Planning Division oversees the City's General Plan and zoning policies; reviews applications for planning permits; and engages the community on development proposals.

COVID-19 PROCEDURES: Planning Division staff are currently working by appointment only.  We continue to process planning applications; conduct plan review and environmental review; and hold virtual community meetings.

In person assistance in City Hall is not currently available to the public. Please connect with us the following ways:

  • For general planning or zoning questions or to submit a Planning application, please e-mail planning.
  • To submit a Planning application , please schedule an appointment with the City.

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 CouncilPlanning Commission, and the Design Review Committee. The department also works with the business community through the San Marino Chamber of Commerce.

New Tree Preservation Ordinance (Effective starting on March 12, 2021)  - Ordinance No. 20-1369

New Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Provisions  - Ordinance No. 20-1368
How to apply: ADU Application 2020

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