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Community Development


1400 Fifth Avenue, Top Floor
San Rafael, CA 94901
Public Counters are currently closed
Staff is working remotely and are available to answer questions via email:

COVID-19 Service Modifications

During the current public health crisis, the City of San Rafael remains committed to protecting the health and safety of community members and employees, while also striving to deliver public services to the greatest extent possible. The City has shutdown in-person customer service and public counters, including City Hall; however, Community Development has moved our permitting processes online:

During this time, there will also be modified inspection activities, which will be limited to essential construction and health and safety issues. To learn more, please see below:

During the closure, a Design Review Board subcommittee will be meeting via video conference rather than in person to comply with the Shelter in Place order. This policy will remain in effect during the duration of the Shelter in Place.

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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