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Planning Division


1400 Fifth Avenue, Top Floor
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Planning Division

The Planning Division provides information on land use, zoning, site development standards and processes applications for land use permits and land divisions.  Most projects submitted fall into two categories, Design Review or Use Permit. If you are constructing a structure of any kind, you may need design review. If you are modifying a land use, you may need a use permit. The information below is taken from the San Rafael Zoning Ordinance.

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Planning Contacts

Planners Phone Email
Monica Ly, Senior Planner (415) 458-5048 
Renee Nickenig, Associate Planner (415) 485-3397
Michaela O'Brien, Assistant Planner (415) 485-3468


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