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In line with the current Shelter-in-Place urgent Health Order (in effect through May 3rd), construction of single-family homes, multi-family, and accessory dwelling units, as well as all commercial construction is halted.  This will be re-evaluated later this month when we anticipate a new and updated Health Order from the San Mateo County Health Officer.  


The Community Development Department is responsible for the development and implementation of community goals regarding the natural and built environment.  This includes both planning and building.

The Department provides administration to the Planning Commission and support to the City Council.  The department is tasked with maintaining the City's General Plan, the blue print for the future of the City, and reviewing planning permit applications.  The Community Development Director serves as the Zoning Administrator.  The Department also administers building permits

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Planning Commission News:  View the Planning Commission meeting for Thursday, February 27, 2020, here.  The following regularly scheduled Thursday Planning Commission meetings have been cancelled:  March 12, 2020, March 26, 2020, April 9, 2020, and April 23, 2020.  The next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  All meetings are held in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane.  To view past Planning Commission meetings, please visit here.  To view public notices, please visit here.

Baylands News:  The Notice of Preparation “NOP” of an Environmental Impact Report for the Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan that was given on February 20, 2020 can be found here:  http://tinyurl.com/BaylandsNOP2-20-2020 and on the Baylands microsite.  Please visit this area of the City's new website for the most current information on the Baylands.  For Baylands information, including past meetings, studies, and input received prior to December 2018, please click here

Cannabis Business News:  The Planning Commission considered draft regulations for storefront retail cannabis businesses at a special meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The Planning Commission held workshops on the topic on October 24, 2019 and on July 25, 2019. to discuss storefront retail cannabis business regulations. The Commission will consider draft zoning amendments at a future public hearing in October. To be notified of future Planning Commission public meetings on storefront retail cannabis regulations, please email Senior Planner Julia Ayres. The City Council directed the Planning Commission to initiate a zoning text amendment to regulate storefront retail cannabis business in Brisbane at their June 20, 2019 meeting.

Housing Policy News: At the June 6, 2019 meeting, the Brisbane Housing Authority adopted amendments to the First Time Homebuyer Program. The Housing Authority will re-open the eligibility application waitlist for income-qualified 1 and 2-person households to purchase a 1 bd/ 1 ba condo unit immediately available through the First Time Homebuyer resale program beginning in January 2020. Check out the First Time Homebuyer Program webpage for more information about the program. The City Council accepted the 2018 Housing Element annual progress report at their March 7 meeting. Check out the staff report for highlights on residential construction trends in the City and the City's progress in meeting its Housing Element goals!

Short Term Rental Policy News: Check out the Short Term Rentals webpage for updated information!

Sustainability Policy News: The City of Brisbane has launched a Building Efficiency program to address energy and water use in existing commercial buildings to help make them more efficient, thereby saving owners money, improving the safety and comfort of our building stock, and reducing emissions that are driving climate change. To learn more and sign up for project updates, check out the Building Efficiency Program webpage.


Planning Division:  Includes planning application form and fee schedule, planning application handouts, zoning and land use maps, outline of development projects and sites in the City, the General Plan, Planning Commission, and Zoning Administrator information.

Building Division:  Includes general information on what type of work requires a permit, building permit handouts, a building permit fee estimator, and a list of building codes used by the City.