The City’s administrative offices in City Hall, the San Rafael Public Library, and the City’s community centers will be closed on Thursday November 23 through Friday November 24 in observance of the holiday. 24-hour operations will remain in effect for the Police and Fire Departments.

Community Development


1400 Fifth Avenue, Top Floor
San Rafael, CA 94901
Counter Hours for Building
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Over the Counter Residential Plan Check
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Counter Hours for Planning
Monday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 am - 12:45 pm

Counter Hours for Fire Plan Checking
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 am - 11:45 am

Code Enforcement
By appointment only

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

What we do    

  • Foster public involvement and creativity by establishing enthusiastic partnerships with all segments of the community;
  • Assist decision makers and the public in formulating and implementing policies which balance environmental, economic and social needs for the present and future; 
  • Process development permits in a timely and solution-oriented manner, and ensure that new construction is an asset to its surroundings; and 
  • Ensure 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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