2021 Affordable Housing NOFA – Released

Notice Of Funding Availability For the Acquisition/Rehabilitation or New Development of Affordable Rental or Ownership Housing NOFA ISSUED: 11/12/2021 RESPONSES DUE: 12/23/2021 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time The City of San Rafael announces the availability of two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) in funding available for the construction or the preservation of permanently affordable rental housing for … Continued

San Rafael Begins Housing Element Update 

The City of San Rafael has initiated an update of its Housing Element.  This important document includes the City’s policies and programs for meeting the housing needs of all San Rafael residents, with a focus on lower income households and persons with special needs.  The Housing Element includes an evaluation of local housing needs, identification of potential … Continued

Draft General Plan 2040/Downtown Precise Plan EIR available for Review

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for General Plan 2040 and the Downtown San Rafael Precise Plan is now available for public review and comment. The City is providing a 62-day comment period on the document, extending from January 7 to March 9, 2021. The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the DEIR on … Continued

Virtual Counter Hours

Community Development is piloting a couple hours a week of virtual counter hours. This is part of our efforts to improve our ability to serve the public while our public counter is closed. We recognize that some projects can benefit from more than a series of emails and phone calls. Appointments can be scheduled online … Continued

Submit your Planning applications online!

In an effort to make more services available online while City Hall is closed to the public, Planning is now taking applications online!   We have prepared guides to help walk you through the process of applying and paying online. After submitting online, staff will review the application to determine the project type, fees, any … Continued

Apply for ALL Building permits online during the City Hall Closure

The City has made the decision to close all non-essential services to the public in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. As part of our effort to make some of these services available digitally, you can temporarily apply for ALL building permits online.  Anyone can apply for a … Continued

Call for Amendments

As part of the General Plan Update, the City of San Rafael may consider changes to its Land Use Map.  Property owners interested in pursuing Map amendments may submit applications from now through June 30, 2019.  An application form and list of supplemental questions have been created and may be downloaded from the project website … Continued

New Hours for Massage Inspection Program

Effective as of Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Counter Hours for Massage Inspection Program will be changed to Wednesdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The following day/hours will be the only times when staff will be available to address massage ordinance related questions or accept applications. You can also contact the massage inspection staff at (415) 485-3487  or

Proposed Kaiser project at 1650 Los Gamos

At 1650 Los Gamos, Kaiser Permanente is proposing a project with three components: Amendment to the current  zoning to add medical office use as an allowable use in the PD and allow the existing 148,000‐gross square foot office building to be utilized as a medical office building The construction of an up‐to 511‐space parking structure on … Continued

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