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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.
"Development", as defined by the Resource Management District regulations including the construction of a significant structure or removal of trees over 55" in circumference, requires a Resource Management District Permit.... ViewView Resource Management Permit
In certain parts of the San Mateo County Unincorporated Coastal Zone property owners may legally rent part or all of their home as a short-term rental (less than 30 days) with a permit and payment of Transient Occupancy Tax.... ViewView Short Term Rental Permit (Coastal Zone)
Affected property owners may apply for a new street name or name change by submitting an application form to Planning that identifies your property and includes the desired street name and possible alternatives.... ViewView Street Name Change Permit
You may need a business license and permits from the Planning and Building Division to hold a temporary event. A temporary event is one which is scheduled no more than once a year and is open to the public. Examples of such events are a fair, circus, art festival, block party, church festival, etc.... ViewView Temporary Event Permit
Timber growing and harvesting and compatible uses only are permitted in the Timberland Preserve Zone (TPZ) and Timberland Preserve Zone-Coastal Zone (TPZ-CZ) Zoning Districts. A TPZ or TPZ-CZ permit is required for all development, including the construction of a single-family residence.... ViewView Timberland Preserve Zone Permit
San Mateo County’s trees enhance its natural beauty and provide such environmental benefits as landslide prevention, wildlife protection, and maintenance of a favorable climate. The County has designated some trees as significant trees to prevent their indiscriminate removal.... ViewView Tree Trimming and Removal Permit
Use Permits are required for the establishment of conditionally permitted uses or construction involving existing non-conforming parcels, structures, or uses, when required by the Zoning Regulations.... ViewView Use Permit
An Institutional Day Care Facility for Children (Child Care Center) is a State‐licensed facility including infant centers, pre‐schools and extended day care facilities, which regularly provide non‐med... ViewView Use Permit for Child Care Facilities
A use permit will be required for the initial construction, installation, and operation of all new wireless telecommunication facilities, in accordance with requirements, procedures, appeal process, and revocation process outlined in Sections 6500 through 6505 of Chapter 24 of the Zoning Regulations.... ViewView Use Permits for Telecommunications Facilities
A variance may be granted to allow development that varies from zoning regulation requirements for parcels in which the location, size, shape, topography and/or other physical conditions vary substantially from those of other parcels in the same zoning district or vicinity.... ViewView Variance
The purposes of the Land Conservation Act (Williamson Act) are to preserve the County’s prime soils and intensive high value agricultural operations, and to discourage premature and unnecessary... ViewView Williamson Act