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)


COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order

The Public Health Officer's Directive for Santa Clara County has extended the shelter-in-place order to be effective through May 3, 2020. For more information on the order, please visit the County's COVID-19 website

City Hall will remain closed through May 3, 2020 with interim operations.

The Planning Division's interim operations effective April 8, 2020 includes:

PUBLIC MEETINGS: The City will conduct 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), and the Zoning Administrator (ZA) 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. 

  • At-Risk Building Submittal: Building permits typically reviewed by a Planner at the public counter and eligible to submit to the Building Division can do so directly, 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. See General Inquiries. 

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

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: The Planning Division is electronically accepting new applications and resubmittals of existing applications for the eligible project types listed below. No other applications are currently being accepted at this time. 

  • All Housing Projects: Formal or Informal Review;
  • Healthcare: Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response;
  • Critical Services: Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs;
  • Exterior Building Safety Repairs: Exterior building construction or repairs necessary to ensure residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot be reasonably delayed; and 
  • Permit Extension: Permit extensions for previously-approved Planning permits expiring within the next 3 months.  

SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: To submit an eligible project to the Planning Division, please complete a Planning Submission Inquiry Form and City staff will contact the person listed with submission instructions during business hours. The submission process is multi-step and may take more than one business day. 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. Note: The Planning Division is accepting electronic signatures on the application form during City Hall closure.

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


Made payable to City of Mountain View

Up to 3 business days to process

Credit Card* (Visa or Mastercard) or E-Check

Collected over-the-phone *with convenience fee

Up to 1 business day to process


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. 


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.