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The Community Development Department is comprised of the Planning and Building Divisions with direct oversight by the City Manager. The Planning Division function is contracted to Metropolitan Planning Group (M-Group) to oversee all of the city’s current planning, on what is primarily a cost recovery basis. A limited amount of General Fund contribution exists to fund the non-reimbursed activities that M-Group performs, including staffing a customer service counter, early consultation with potential applicants, and coordinating with City staff on projects for which there are no cost recovery accounts.

The Building Division is staffed by direct hire personnel and paid for completely by funds generated through Building Permit charges.


On January 1, 2017 the new 2016 California Building Standards Code (Title 24) becomes effective, as established by the California Building Standards Commission.
All new projects submitted after January 1, 2017 must comply with the 2016 California Building Codes and local amendments.











The Community Development Department in Petaluma comprises the Building Division and the Planning Division. The Building Division primarily issues building permits and conducts inspections of buildings, including new and modified buildings, to ensure the safety and protection of property. The Planning Division prepares and updates the overarching planning documents that define and regulate land use in the City, and conducts project and environmental review for proposed projects to ensure consistency with local, State and Federal plans and regulations.

The Community Development Department works closely with other City departments such as Public Works and Utilities, Parks and Recreation to ensure the orderly administration and regulation of development in Petaluma.

The Community Development Department's goal is to provide timely, professional housing, building, engineering and planning services that respond to the needs of the public and result in a safe and balanced community. To meet this goal, we are striving to make as much information as possible available through our online services.

The Community Development Department's public counter hours are:

Planning's hours are 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm Monday through Thursday, closed between 12:00pm -1:00pm

For faster response to Planning & Zoning questions, please e-mail us at:!

Building's hours are 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm Monday through Thursday, closed between 12:00pm -1:00pm

Closed on Fridays and observed City Holidays.


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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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