Building Division Over-the-Counter permitting services will not be available Tuesday Sept 19 and Thursday Sept 21, 2017

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission consists of citizen volunteers appointed by the City Council to make decisions or advise the Council on land use and property development issues. The Commission assures that new development is consistent with our long-range General Plan, State laws and other public policies that advance the interests of our community.


The Planning Commission is composed of 7 San Rafael residents who are appointed by the City Council to four-year terms. 


The Planning Commission welcomes input on projects from members of the public. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council chambers. Check out our guidelines for meeting protocol.

Upcoming meetings along with agendas, videos and minutes are available online.

For projects that appear before the Planning Commission, a notice of public hearing is mailed to property owners, businesses and residents within 300 feet of a site.  Sign up to be notified of all Planning Commission meetings.

Check out our Planning Commission meeting packets.

Contact the Commissioners:

The Commission is a volunteer body and does not have regular office hours at the City offices. City policy is that all communication with the Planning Commissioner be through City staff. Therefore, you may forward comments/information to the Planning Commissioners via email or in writing at:

San Rafael Planning Commission
c/o City of San Rafael Community Development Department
PO Box 151560
San Rafael, CA 94915

You can also come to a meeting and speak during open time, in which you are allowed to speak for 3 minutes.

Check out a list of our Boards and Commissions and their respective members.

Planning Commission Update for City Council

On June 1, 2015, the Planning Commission made a presentation to the City Council about their annual priorities. Watch the video and read the staff report.

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