Planning Division


City Hall, First Floor
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 903-6306


Monday through Friday 

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except Holidays)


City offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place update October 26, 2020

The Public Health Officer's Directive for Santa Clara County has extended the shelter-in-place order until further notice. For more information on the order, please visit the County's COVID-19 website

City Hall is closed through March 31, 2021. The Planning Division is operating remotely.

The Planning Division's interim operations includes:

PUBLIC MEETINGS: The City is conducting public meetings in accordance with the State of California Executive Order N-29-20. All members of the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC), the Development Review Committee (DRC), the Zoning Administrator (ZA), and the Subdivision Committee will participate in scheduled public meetings by video conference with no physical meeting location. See meeting agendas, posted the Friday prior to each meeting, for details on participation, which can be viewed online at: EPC, DRC, ZA.

PUBLIC COUNTER: The public counter is closed; no in-person application submissions or inquiries are permitted at this time. 

  • Building Submittal: Building permits typically reviewed by a Planner at the public counter can submit directly to the Building Division at-risk. Plans submitted will be reviewed by a Planner as part of the building plan check process. Visit the Building Division webpage for more information.
  • Preliminary Review or Inquiries: Any preliminary sketch or inquiry typically reviewed by a Planner at the public counter can be reviewed electronically. The Planning Division encourages preliminary review for any building plans for single-family home additions/new construction and exterior commercial tenant improvements, prior to submitting for Building Plan Check, to ensure your plans meet zoning requirements. See General Inquiries to submit. For informal review of new multi-family residential (4+ units), office, and mixed-use developments, please follow the instructions under Submitting Applications.

GENERAL INQUIRIES: For general inquiries, please contact the Planning Division by email at or by phone at 650-903-6306. Staff will respond Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: The Planning Division is electronically accepting all new applications and resubmittals of existing applications. See Submitting Applications for details on how to submit (or resubmit) to the Planning Division.


During remote operations, the Community Development Department is modifying permit submission for the following project types in an effort to streamline processing, which will remain in effect until further notice:


  • For Sign Permits: Please complete a Planning Submission Inquiry Form to submit your Sign Permit for both Planning and Building permit review. The Planning fee will be collected up front as part of the intake process, while Building fees will be collected at building permit issuance. Once City staff contacts the applicant listed with submission instructions, please be prepared to provide the following materials:
    • a completed Planning Application Form;
    • a completed Building Application Form;
    • a PDF copy of your Building Plan Check number, which is provided with a pop-up window or at the bottom of your screen when you complete the Building Plan Check Submittal Form with your project scope (see example PDF). Note: If you are a repeat customer, you will need to "Sign in to existing account" and then enter the project address and scope to generate a plan check number.
    • one PDF of the Sign Plans, including any structural calculations (if needed) and/or anchoring/installation details; and
    • Title 24 information.

    Once your plans are in good order, you will receive an email notifying you of the Planning Division's approval and your permits transition to the Building Division for plan check review. NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR BUILDING PLAN CHECK. The intent of this modified process is to serve you faster. 



  • For New Fences or Walls (Residential or Commercial): Please submit an email to with a basic drawing (or an aerial photo) showing the desired location of the proposed new fence/wall, height, and type of material to be reviewed by a Planner. In some cases, a Planning permit is required prior to submitting for a building permit.

Once reviewed by a Planner (which may take up to 2 business days), you will receive an email outlining required revisions, approval, and/or next steps in the permit process. 


  • AC Units, Reroofs, and Rooftop Mechanical (Residential or Commercial): Please submit an email to with the following information:
    • An aerial photo or site plan of the project site identifying the exact location of the scope of work and any necessary building cross-sections or elevations.
    • For rooftop mechanical, must provide a line-of-site drawing showing rooftop mechanical equipment is screened from visibility on all sides.
    • For AC units, must be screened and/or located behind a fenced yard. If your property is located within a Home Owners Association (HOA), then HOA approval is required (with a letter or signed form).
    • For reroofs, please note any changes to roof pitch, material, and color.

    Once reviewed by a Planner (which may take up to 2 business days), you will receive an email outlining required revisions or approval with instructions to submit for Building Plan Check review. NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR BUILDING PLAN CHECK. The intent of this modified process is to serve you faster.

SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: To submit an application (new or resubmitting existing) to the Planning Division, please complete a Planning Submission Inquiry Form and a Planner will contact the person listed with submission instructions during business hours (Note: No documents can be uploaded with the Inquiry Form). The submission process is multi-step, may take more than one business day to complete, and is processed in the order submissions are received. An application is not considered received by the City until confirmation of fee payment (for a new application) has been provided and/or upon City Staff providing a confirmation email of acceptance following receipt of electronic materials.

The Planning Application form and submittal requirements are available on the Forms & Fees page.

The City accepts fee payments in the forms listed below. Detailed instructions on submitting a fee payment will be provided when a Planner responds to the Planning Submission Inquiry Form. Planning application fee amounts are available on the Forms & Fees page

Hardcopy Check

Made payable to City of Mountain View

Up to 3 business days to process

Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard), E-Check or PayPal

Collected over-the-phone or online with convenience fee

Up to 1 business day to process


At the Ticket Booth of the Mountain View Performing Arts Center at 500 Castro Street

Monday to Friday:  8 a.m. to 12 Noon and 1 to 4 p.m., except for holidays


CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS (PLANNING): Required Planning inspections for projects under construction can be scheduled starting May 4, 2020. Please contact your assigned Project Planner directly or, if unknown, send an email identifying the project address, building permit no., and type of inspection to For inspections, all City staff are abiding by social distancing and other best practices directed by the City of Mountain View, the County SIP Order, and State SIP Order. City staff reserves the right to leave a construction site inspection that is unsafe or is not abiding by the SIP Orders or City protocol.  


As part of the Community Development Department, the Planning Division reviews and implements current and future development of the Mountain View community for residents, property owners and businesses. The Planning Division oversees the Environmental Planning Commission.

Current Planning

Current Planning involves the processing and review of various development applications for conformance with the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Precise Plans, and other City land use policies. The processing of development applications includes the review of preliminary plans and the consideration of public input on formal development proposals at Development Review Committee (DRC) meetings, Administrative Zoning public hearings, and City Council study sessions and public hearings.

Long Range Planning

Long Range Planning involves the City’s policy planning activities, which include analyzing and preparing various planning documents such as the City’s General Plan, Precise Plans and other land use studies. Planning staff also assembles and maintains community data and demographics and coordinates the reporting of this data to outside agencies. Long-range projects are discussed and considered at Environmental Planning Commission and City Council study sessions and public hearings. 


Small Footprints, Big Impacts - Informational Webinar on ADUs

Are you interested in constructing an ADU on your property? Or are you planning for an ADU in the future? The City is hosting a virtual webinar on the benefits of ADUs, current zoning and building requirements, financing options and more (see Webinar Flyer). To attend the webinar, please register online. More information on the City's current ADU regulations are available on our ADU webpage.

Castro Street Closure to Continue in January 2021Castro Street Closure to Continue in January 2021

Castro StrEATS’ outdoor dining remains suspended due to public health order.


Planning Division Current Project ListPlanning Division Current Project List

This is a list of private development and long range projects that the Planning Division is currently working on citywide. Click more for information.