Updates to City Hall Hours on Fridays in July and August 

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Planning Division


Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch
Planning Manager

1400 Fifth Avenue, Top Floor
San Rafael, CA 94901
For complete schedule information, please go here: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/cdd_schedule/

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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.

Current Department Hours and City Holidays

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) 

The City of San Rafael is pleased to share a primer video and slides to inform residents of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. The video goes over CEQA basics and is meant to help educate our residents on this important process used in the review of discretionary land use projects.

Planning Contacts

Planners Phone Email
Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch, Planning Manager (415) 485-3095 margaret.kavanaugh-lynch@cityofsanrafael.org
Kristina Estudillo, Principal Planner (415) 458-5048 kristina.estudillo@cityofsanrafael.org
Jose Herrera Preza, Principal Planner jose.herrerapreza@cityofsanrafael.org
Renee Nickenig, Associate Planner (415) 485-3397 Renee.Nickenig@cityofsanrafael.org
Michaela O'Brien, Assistant Planner (415) 485-3468 MichaelaO@cityofsanrafael.org


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