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Community Development


1400 Fifth Avenue, Top Floor
San Rafael, CA 94901
City Hall walk-in services are currently closed.
Staff is working remotely and are available to answer questions via email:

Please note that all non-safety City offices are closed for the week of November 23rd-28th. Due to budget reductions a furlough is in place for Monday- Wednesday and we are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday- Friday. City services will resume on Monday Nov 30th. When we return on November 30th, we will still be under a shelter in order directive and city hall will be closed to walk in and employees will be working remotely.

Community Development - What We Do

Our mission is to make San Rafael a great place to live and do business. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the community. We do this by:

  • Fostering public involvement and creativity by establishing enthusiastic partnerships with all segments of the community;
  • Assisting decision makers and the public in formulating and implementing policies which balance environmental, economic and social needs for the present and future;
  • Processing development permits in a timely and solution-oriented manner, and ensure that new construction is an asset to its surroundings; and
  • Ensuring the safety and maintenance of buildings, property and neighborhoods through enforcement of codes, public education with cooperation with other City Departments and public agencies.
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