Working with the Public to Enhance and Protect Quality of Life

The San Mateo County Current Planning Section is charged with the land use planning functions for the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. Our goal is to guide the development of the county so that it furthers the health, safety and welfare of its current and future residents by promoting sustainable land use and development. Through the implementation and enforcement of planning regulations, we are able to minimize land use conflicts while preserving and enhancing the quality of life throughout San Mateo County.

The Current Planning Section is responsible for the review of proposed development to ensure it conforms to plans and policies, as well processing planning permits for projects that require them. We provide assistance to applicants to prepare and obtain planning permits, and to help them understand the regulations that apply to their projects.