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Because of varying procedural requirements in state law and county ordinances, each type of permit may be subject to different processing requirements. We process each permit as quickly as possible while ensuring full compliance with the law. The Development Review Center (DRC) handles permit applications for all unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. If your property is within the boundaries of any incorporated city or town, contact that city rather than the DRC.
The Planning fee schedule contains a listing of all fees applicable to a variety of Planning permits. Planning staff can assist with identifying the applicable permits and fees for a particular project.
Our public service counter remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we continue to provide services using a primarily remote workforce. Find alternatives to visiting the currently-closed service counter as well as information on permit applications, inspections, and public meetings.... View more at Planning and BuildingView Department Services Update
Development is limited in certain coastal and open space areas. Density analysis is a method of determining the number of units you may build on your land and the intensity of use for nonresidential development. It is a preliminary step before subdivision or nonresidential development.... View more at Planning and BuildingView Density Analysis
A Fence Height Exception is required for fences exceeding 1) 4 ft. in height located in the front setback, exterior side (street facing) setback, or in the public right-of-way, or, 2) 6 ft. in height located in the rear setback or interior side setback.... View more at Planning and BuildingView Fence Height Exception
Major Subdivisions are all divisions of land that result in the creation of 5 or more parcels, 5 or more condominiums, or a community apartment project containing 5 or more parcels, or the conversion of a dwelling to a stock cooperative containing 5 or more dwelling units.... View more at Planning and BuildingView Major Subdivision Permit
Minor Subdivisions are all divisions of land that result in the creation of 4 or fewer parcels, 4 or fewer condominiums, or a community apartment project containing 4 or fewer parcels, or the conversion of a dwelling to a stock cooperative containing 4 or fewer dwelling units.... View more at Planning and BuildingView Minor Subdivision Permit