Planning & Building Director

Aldo Cervantes

Location: 2200 Huntington Drive - First Floor             San Marino, CA 91108 P (626) 300-0710 Hours: Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM                           The Planning and Building counter will close between 2:00 and 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Please also note that no transactions that require payment will be conducted during the last hour of each day. staff directory

Planning & Building


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
 (626) 300-0789
 Tree Inspections/Permits  (626) 300-0789
 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.


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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