The health and safety of our community is our highest priority and we request your cooperation. Due to the updated Shelter in Place Health Order No. 20-11 issued by Alameda County on May 18 2020, the Permit Center remains closed until further notice. Planning will continue to provide services remotely (as noted below) until the Health Order is lifted. We recommend anyone seeking City services to review the current Health Order and FAQs before contacting us.

General Information

Self-service zoningrecords and permit information can be accessed online anytime. General Planning questions can be sent to or leave a detailed message at 510-577-3325. We encourage you to use our online resources, including our Zoning MapPermit Status, and Planning Handouts (Including our Accessory Dwelling Unit Info Handout). Planning is unable to determine or certify if a business or activity qualifies as an "essential service" under the County's Health Order. 

Applications in Progress / Resubmittals

Planning applications that have already been submitted will continue to be processed. Please note that review time may be longer than usual, due to public agency resources being directed to emergency operations. Resubmittals will be accommodated via mail and electronic methods. Please contact your assigned project planner for instructions.

New Applications

Planning staff are currently unable to accept or process new planning applications during this emergency closure period. We are currently working to implement software that will enable the online intake and review of planning applications. We are also working with other departments and outside agencies to ensure that they are able to provide us with a comprehensive and timely response during this closure period. In the meantime, please contact us so that we can help provide assistance and guidance with the preparation of your application.

Building Permits

Please contact the Building Division if you need to submit a building permit application at this time. Construction and field inspections are limited to those activities authorized under the current Health Order. Approved building permits that may not qualify will be issued after the order is lifted.

Public Hearings

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments will continue to be held via teleconferencing during the Shelter in Place Order. Access information for participants will be identified on the meeting agenda.

Zoning Verification Letters

We are accepting and processing Zoning Verification letter requests received with payment by mail. There may be a delay because staff are working remotely during the Shelter in Place period. As an alternative, self-service zoningrecords and permit information are available online from the City’s website anytime.



If you have a question or wish to discuss a project, please contact us at or (510) 577-3325. It is especially helpful if you are able to provide a digital copy of your proposed plans with your email.


Zoning is a tool used by the City to regulate the uses and development of land and is intended to protect property values, avoid conflicts between uses, guide new growth, and influence the design of new or expanded buildings. An interactive Zoning Map of the City is available.


The Planning division has a number of handouts available to help answer your questions. Planning permits may be required for certain development projects and uses before a Building permit can be issued. Planners are available at the Permit Center to help identify the approvals that may be required for your project.



The Planning Commission hears and recommends to the City Council on matters relating to the City’s General Plan, the development of the City and recommends zoning matters. The  Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) hears and decides upon applications for zoning matters, such as Conditional Use Permits, Site Plan Review, Sign Programs, and appeals of certain administrative decisions. 


For documents available for public review, as well as adopted plans such as San Leandro's Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy, Climate Action Plan and 2035 General Plan.


Fees in the Planning Services Division are based on either direct costs or a flat rate. For applications with a direct cost, applicants must provide a deposit. Applications must be submitted in person at the Permit Center. Development Impact Fees can be found in the City's Administrative Code.


Information about ongoing Planning programs as well as links to map viewers, downloadable data, online records search, and other agencies and departments that are involved with the planning and development process.

San Leandro's Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments meetings are held in City Hall at 835 E. 14th Street on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm. Meetings are broadcast live as they happen on local public access television (Comcast channel 15 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99) and via the City’s website through Meeting Central. Televised meetings are scheduled to replay every Thursday morning between 9:45 AM and 1:00 PM and recordings are available online anytime



San Leandro's Planning Division directs current and long-range planning activities for the City, including processing and reviewing development proposals for residential, commercial, office and industrial projects; completing planning studies; preparing amendments to the General Plan, Zoning Code, and Zoning Map; coordinating with local, regional and state agencies; coordinating the City's environmental review procedures in accord with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and implementing the various city codes and ordinances relating to property and land use.

Planning staff also provide support to the City's Planning-related advisory bodies, such as the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments and the Site Development Sub-Commission, regarding land use matters.


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Lourdes Juarez Brianne Reyes Grace Wu, AICP
Planner I Planner II  Senior Planner
 Anjana Mepani Avalon Schultz, AICP Andrew Mogensen, AICP
 Senior Planner Principal Planner  Planning Manager