Steps in the Planning Permit Process
If a planning or zoning permit is required, it generally needs to be processed prior to application of a building or construction permit. The Planning Section of the Planning and Building Department processes these permits. When multiple permits are required (e.g., Coastal Development Permit and Design Review Permit), the longer permit processing time and higher level decision-making body would apply to the concurrent processing of associated permits. In reviewing and process ing your permit application, the assigned planner will generally complete the following steps:
1. Initial Application Review
The planner reviews your project to determine whether your application is complete. An inspection may be completed by staff to evaluate site conditions and potential project impacts to the environment and neighboring properties.
2. Permit Decision
A staff-level decision is required.
3. Appeal Period
These decisions are ministerial and are not appealable.