Land Development

COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Update april 30, 2020

The  Public Health Officer Directive for Santa Clara County has extended the shelter in place order to be in effect through May 31, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer. For clarification on the order please visit the County website at: COVID-19 FAQ's from Santa Clara County.

City Hall will remain closed through May 31, 2020 with interim operations.

The Public Work's interim operations include:

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

GENERAL INQUIRIES: Please email or call 650-903-6311. Staff will respond Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
EXCAVATION PERMIT APPLICATIONS: We are accepting electronic permit applications for work within the public right-of-way. Please email the request and/or excavation permit application to, and staff will contact you with further submission instructions.

APPLICATION FEESThe City accepts fee payments in the forms listed below. Detailed instructions on submitting a fee payment will be provided when staff responds to the application submission.

Check: Made payable to City of Mountain View. Up to 3 business days to process.

Credit Card: Collected over-the-phone with convenience fee. Up to 1 business day to process.  

IMPROVEMENT PLANS AND MAP REVIEWS Improvement plans and final/parcel map should be submitted electronically through the Building Division concurrently with the building plan submittal.  The City will print hard copies as needed for plan checks and include the printing costs as part of the plan check fees.  Please contact the Building Division to schedule an appointment for the plan submittal. 

INSPECTIONS BY APPOINTMENT: Under the new Order, all construction projects can resume, provided they comply with the Construction Protocols issued as part of the Order. Email or call 650-903-6311 to schedule an inspection.

County Order Construction Protocols: City of Mountain View Construction Protocol:

The Land Development Engineering (LDE) group ensures that City infrastructure is installed or updated when there is a new project or renovation of an existing property. Items to be addressed by the owner or developer are known as conditions of approval. LDE then reviews the accuracy and completeness of private development plans, specifications, plats (drawn to scale maps), maps, property descriptions and engineering calculations submitted for City approval for these projects.

The LDE reviews any work within the City streets or sidewalks (right-of-way) and then issues excavation (often called encroachment) permits for this work.

LDE can help with questions about FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. The City of Mountain View currently participates in CRS. Due to the City's participation, residents save 10% off their flood insurance rates. Flood insurance premium rates quoted to from independent brokers already reflect the 10% discount.

As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:

  1. Reduce flood damage to insurable property.
  2. Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and
  3. Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Sewer and Water Capacity Fees (Effective on July 1, 2015)