Community Development


1400 Fifth Avenue, Top Floor
San Rafael, CA 94901
Counter Hours for Building
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Over the Counter Residential Plan Check
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Counter Hours for Planning
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 am - 1:30 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 improving 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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