Planning Division Services

The Permit Center at City Hall is open Monday through Thursdays

Assistance at the Permit Center

Walk-ins are always welcome but customers with an appointment will be given preference. 

Upon arrival to City Hall, visitors will be asked to follow health protocols to help keep everyone safe and healthy. We encourage everyone to access City services online, by email and by phone. The Permit Center is closed on Fridays and at lunchtime daily from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Permit Center address, hours, agencies

Business Resources 

For questions or concerns about limitations on business or construction activities, please review the current Alameda County Health Order and Workplace Guidance. The Temporary Outdoor Facilities Registration program is available for outdoor dining, retail and other outdoor service activities. Email the COVID-19 Business team for more information.

About the Planning Division

San Leandro's Planning Division regulates land use by directing the City's current and long-range planning activities, including:

Planning Division staff directory                                                                                                                                                                                 

Celebrating 150 Years

San Leandro is celebrating its 150th anniversary. On March 21, 1872, San Leandro was the 39th City to be incorporated in California. The City was an early adopter of zoning regulations. In honor of the City's 150th anniversary, here is a copy of the City's zoning map as it was on March 16, 1925 and January 31, 1936.

Planning Division Services


If you have Planning or Zoning Code questions or wish to discuss a project, please contact the Planner-On-Duty. Please provide your name, contact information, and the property address, if it is available. When you email, it is especially helpful, if you are able to provide a digital copy of your proposed plans (sketch or drafted plans, depending on project complexity). 

If have questions for your plan checker regarding the building code or any building permit plan check comments, their contact info is in the consolidated comments you received. Planners answer questions about the Zoning Code only and do not have access to plan check comments. Visit the Building Division's website to better understand their process. 

  1. Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 510-577-3325
    In-Person Appointments

Planning Permit Applications

Upcoming Public Hearings

  • City Council, PC-BZA: For agendas and staff reports regarding any upcoming public hearings scheduled before the City Council, Planning Commission (PC) or Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA), visit the City's Meeting Central. Please visit the Public Hearings page for information on meeting dates and times and how to participate in the hearings.
  • ZEO: For agendas and staff reports regarding any upcoming public hearings scheduled before the Zoning Enforcement Official (ZEO), visit the Public Hearings webpage, which also contains information on meeting dates and times.  

Other Planning Services

Zoning Verification Letters

Send your request and payment (PDF) by mail or drop them off in-person at the Permit Center. All details are in our Zoning Verification Letter application checklist (PDF). Depending on the complexity of research, the City's typical timeframe for processing a Zoning Verification Letter is two to three weeks. If records need to be retrieved from off-site storage, a response could take longer. We recommend patrons seeking immediate assistance utilize our available online services when researching property information.

Zoning Conformance for Business Licenses

Apply for your business license first. Business License staff and HDL (3rd-party vendor) will inform you if you need to fill out and submit a Zoning Conformance Form and will provide details about how to submit the form to HDL. 

Zoning Conformance for ABC and DMV Licenses

Send your forms to the Planner-On-Duty.