The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns, the Permit Center remains closed until further notice. Community Development staff are working remotely. Planning staff are available to assist by email ( and phone (leave a detailed message at 510-577-3325). Please contact us before filing an application.

We are currently experiencing a very high volume of applications combined with staffing limitations and ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

If you have questions or concerns about limitations on business or construction activities in the City of San Leandro, please review the current Alameda County Health Order and Workplace Guidance.

General Information

Self-service zoningrecords and permit information can be accessed online anytime. You can see what projects are going on in your neighborhood by using the CityDash viewer. 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 is permitted or qualified under the County's Health Order. 

Applications in Progress / Resubmittals

Planning applications that have already been submitted will continue to be processed. Resubmittals will be accommodated via mail and electronic methods. Please contact your assigned project planner for instructions. Please note that review time may be longer than usual due to public agency resources being directed to emergency operations. To see if there is a planning application in progress near you, use the CityDash viewer. 

New Applications

New Planning applications are accepted online through our Accela Citizen Portal. To apply for a Planning Permit, you will need to complete the required Planning Form. Please reference our Planning Application Submittals Guide for detailed instructions. Building and Engineering permit applications will not be accepted by Planning. Planners are available to provide assistance and guidance with the preparation of your application. Please contact us before filing an application for assistance.

Building Permits

Please contact the Building Division if you need to submit a Building Permit application, such as for solar, electrical, meter upgrades, accessory dwelling unit (ADU), construction, and demolition. Please review the Building Division's special instructions for submitting during this time. Construction and field inspections are limited to activities authorized under the current Health Order.

Public Hearings

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments and Zoning Enforcement Official will continue to be held via teleconferencing. 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 closure period. As an alternative, self-service zoningrecords and permit information are available online from the City’s website anytime.

Temporary Outdoor Facilities Registration

The Temporary Outdoor Facility Registration Program is available for outdoor dining, retail and other outdoor service activities. More information about the program's guidelines and registration process can be found on the program website. Please email us at for the latest information on how to register your business for this special program. 

Application Status Online

You can check the status of a Planning, Building or Engineering application online anytime through the City's Accela Citizen Portal. To see if there is an application in progress near you, use CityDash.



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 Position Vacant Position Vacant
Assistant Planner Associate Planner Associate Planner
 Anjana Mepani, AICP Avalon Schultz, AICP Andrew Mogensen, AICP
 Senior Planner Principal Planner  Planning Manager