Planning & Building Director

Aldo Cervantes

Location: 2200 Huntington Drive - First Floor              San Marino, CA 91108 P (626) 300-0710 Hours: Due to COVID-19 and the City's policy regarding non-essential meetings and events, the Department will be suspending Tuesday's Plan Check Hour (10:00 am to 11:00 am) until after April 30th, 2020.  We apologies for the inconvenience.   Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM    The Planning and Building counter will close between 2:00 and 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday. The cashier will close at 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and at 10:00 AM on Fridays.  staff directory

Planning & Building

Last week, we announced the temporary full closure of the Planning and Building Department due to a potential COVID-19 exposure from a contract employee who briefly came into City Hall. We are happy to report that potentially exposed staff members have now tested negative, and the department will be back in operation starting this Monday, June 1. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this closure.


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.

Helpful Numbers

 Permits  (626) 300-0712
 Inspection Requests  (626) 300-0706
 Building Inspector  (626) 300-0753
 Code Enforcement  (626) 300-0714
 Planning  (626) 300-0784
 Business Licenses  (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.  More information can be found here

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 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Provisions - Ordinance No. 20-1360-U.


Please select the links for information regarding the Tree Preservation Ordinance and the Tree Preservation Summary and Guidelines.

To submit a Tree Removal Application, please select the link below:




Permit Requests are Public Records Requests. Please contact the City Clerk, Eva Heter:


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.) 
  5. Preferred Date and Session (AM/PM) of Inspection
  6. Site contact person's name, e-mail and phone number

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.

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

Request an Inspection

Request for a Permit Extension


business licenses

To check the status of a business license, select the link below:

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. You can submit a possible violation online here

Questions can be directed to:
Victor Aleman - Code Enforcement Manager at (626)300-0714 
Marc Aguilar - Code Enforcement Officer at (626) 300-0754 

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