Planning Division

Division Overview

The Planning Division is the liaison to residents, homeowners, businesses, and developers for all zoning functions of the City. The Division is responsible for Current and Advanced Planning, Historic Preservation and Public Art in the City. In order to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and shop in the City, the Division implements goals, objectives, and policies contained in the General Plan, Development Code, Specific Plans and other Long Range Plans. The Advance Planning initiatives undertaken help the City meet future needs while the Current Planning functions help advance the day-to-day services detailed below. In addition, the Planning Division provides technical support to the Planning Commission, Art in Public Places Commission, Cultural and Historic Preservation Commission and Development Review Committee.

Division Services
The Planning Division is responsible for a variety of services. Some of those services include, but are not limited to, the following: 
Residential Projects
Review room additions 
Review patio/accessory structures 
Review small and large housing development projects
Commercial & Industrial Projects
Review Sign plans and other entitlements
Review façade improvements – including painting 
Review small and large new commercial and industrial projects 
New Businesses
Review proposed land use and business hours
Provide zoning clearance and approve Business License

Refer to the Planning Functions for a full list of all the functions of the Planning Division.

Division Contact

The Planner on Duty (POD) is available Monday to Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM:

Phone: 626-812-5235


Refer to the Planning Division Directory for contact information of all the Planners.

Submittal Information  

All planning inquiries, applications and requests should be submitted online by emailing you may submit the following to the Planning Division:

Over-the-Counter Review   Clearance for small room additions less than 30% of  the existing building footprint, Tenant Improvements and some Accessory Dwelling Units  
  Online Submittal Should Include:
  Email Subject Line: OTC SUBMITTAL – ADDRESS
Attach Site Plan, Floor Plan, Elevations 

Planning Entitlements
Design Review (DR), Use Permit (UP), Minor Use Permit (MUP), Temporary Use Permit (TUP), etc.
Online Submittal Should Include:
      Attach Planning Application, Applicable Supplemental Forms, Site Plan, Floor Plan, Elevations, and Operation Statement 

Zoning Inquiry
General Zoning Inquiries
Online submittal should include :
      Email subject line: ZONING INQUIRY - ADDRESS