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Community Development Department

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

Latest News

Planning Commission News:  View the Planning Commission meeting for Thursday, August 8, 2019 here. The regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting  on Thursday, August 22, 2019 has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, September 12, 2019. 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:  Please visit the new Baylands Project Site 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 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. To be notified of future Planning Commission public meetings on storefront retail cannabis regulations, please email Associate Planner Julia Ayres. At the City Council meeting of April 4, 2019, the City Council heard recommendations from the ad hoc subcommittee on cannabis (Mayor Davis and Councilmember O'Connell) to consider allowing limited storefront retail cannabis businesses in Brisbane.

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 August 2019. 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!

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.