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Planning Services

We've organized key forms and applications for the Planning and Building processes to make it easier for you to get what you need:


The Planning Division is responsible for all development and associated improvements on private property, including residential, industrial, and commercial projects. The Planning Division leads the effort, to implement the City’s General Plan and enforce the regulations in the Implementing Zoning Ordinance, Smart Code, and other adopted regulations. M-Group staffing is flexible depending on activity and currently consists of approximately eight full time equivalent professional planning positions including a Planning Manager.


The Division also serves to interpret City policies, ordinances, and codes, and works closely with the City Manager and other City departments. Planning staff interacts with a variety of public and private organizations and citizen groups in developing programs and implementing policies to find creative solutions to planning issues. Planning staff develops specific proposals for action on current City planning proposals; makes interpretations of City regulations and various ordinances, codes and applicable laws to ensure compliance; and, works closely with the City Council, citizen boards and commissions, and public and private officials to provide technical assistance, advice, and recommendations related to urban development within the overarching vision of the City's General Plan.


The Planning staff provides project and environmental review for all planning entitlement proposals including subdivisions, planned unit developments, commercial and residential design review, historic district review, use permits, variances and annexations. Planning also provides environmental review support for other City Departments, including Public Works and Utilities. The planning team performs a wide range of customer service activities such as operating the public counter, preliminary development review, business license clearance, responding to zoning related inquiries, zoning abatements, building permit clearances for zoning compliance purposes and mitigation monitoring. The planning team directly supports the City Council, the Planning Commission, the Historic and Cultural Preservation Committee, the Public Art Committee, and facilitates the City’s Development Review Committee.


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Mapping Apps

General Plan Land Use


Applications and Handouts



General Plan 2025

Implementing Zoning Ordinance (IZO)

Historic Preservation

Central Petaluma Specific Plan (CPSP)

Station Area Master Plan

River Enhancement Plan

Public Art Master Plan (3MB)

Petaluma Public Art


Major Development Projects

Development Code Update


Contact Information

11 English St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4301
fax: 707.778.4498

phone: 707.778.4301

Hours: 8am - 4pm
Monday through Thursday Closed every Friday

phone: 707.778.4470

Hours: 8am - 5pm
Mondays through Thursdays, Closed Fridays

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