Community Development Department

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The Community Development Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of community goals regarding the natural and built environment.  This includes planningbuilding permits and code enforcement.

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 permit applications. The Community Development Director serves as the Zoning Administrator.

Latest News

Rooftop Solar Permitting News: Flush-mounted rooftop solar systems are now exempt from building height limits, consistent with Ordinance 622 adopted by the City Council in November. To be considered flush-mounted, the panels may not extend more than twenty-four (24) inches above the roofline of the structure on which they are mounted, measured from the exterior roofing material to the highest point of the panel. Non-flush mounted panels extending more than 24 inches above the roofline are still subject to compliance with the building height limits of the zoning district in which the building is located. Visit the Building Division's solar permitting webpage to learn more about the permitting process for rooftop solar!

Parkside Plan News: The City Council adopted the Parkside Plan and implementing General Plan amendments at a special meeting on October 30, 2017! The adopted Parkside Plan is available to download on the Parkside Documents page. A hard copy is available for public viewing at the Planning and Building Counter at City Hall, or you may purchase your own hard copy for $5.

ADU News: Updated accessory (“secondary") dwelling unit (ADU) regulations are now in effect! The minimum lot size requirement in the R-1 District and on-site parking requirements for ADUs have been eliminated, and homeowners may now convert existing spaces in a single-family home or accessory buildings in the R-1 District into ADUs with only a building permit, subject to compliance with objective criteria. Visit Chapter 17.43 of the Brisbane Municipal Code to read the new regulations!

Planning Commission News: View the Planning Commission meeting for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 here. The next scheduled Planning Commission meeting is on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 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

Cannabis Regulation News: The City Council adopted Ordinance 617, implementing the Planning Commission recommendations for zoning text amendments to regulate personal cultivation of medical cannabis (“marijuana”) and cannabis businesses, at the September 7, 2017 meeting. Please visit the Cannabis Business webpage for information on how to apply to establish a cannabis business in Brisbane. 

Baylands News: The next City Council Baylands meeting is on Tuesday, January 16th at 7:30pm. The complete City Council's Baylands meeting schedule may be viewed here. 

Please visit the Baylands Planning Commission Hearings to view past workshops, hearings and deliberations meetings, and written correspondence. 



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 & Code Enforcement:  Includes general information on what type of work requires a permit, building permit handouts, a building permit fee estimator, a list of building codes used by the City and information on the code enforcement process.

The Baylands
Includes an outline with links to the various materials that have been prepared as part of the Baylands planning and EIR process.