Alex Khoury, Acting Director
809 Center Street, Room 107
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Phone: 831-420-5100 • Fax: 831-420-5101

For Planning/Zoning Questions: email

Regular Office Schedule :

Office hours for Planning and Building Counters
(Upstairs in Room 206)
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:00PM-3:00PM (Closed Fridays, Appointment Only)

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 The Department of Planning and Community Development is dedicated to  providing quality customer service. To this end a survey has been developed to  consistently and proactively solicit feedback from the community regarding individual experiences with the department and the services it provides.



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The Department of Planning and Community Development is comprised of the following divisions:



 Administers a variety of City regulations relating to physical development of the community.

Duties include:

  • Answering zoning questions by email or by phone at 831-420-5416
  • Maintains and updates the Current Cumulative Project List 
  • Reviewing proposed businesses and issuing zoning clearances for permitted uses
  • Reviewing development plans submitted for building permits for compliance with the zoning code
  • Reviewing land use applications such as use permits, variances, coastal permits, design permits, historic alteration and demolition permits, tentative parcel and tractmaps, etc.
  • Preparing staff reports with findings and conditions to present before the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and City Council
  • Conducting environmental reviews and coordinating environmental compliance activities of other city departments
  • Preparing recommendations for zoning code amendments
  • Attending neighborhood meetings to help answer questions/concerns over zoning issues or project details
  • Investigating complaints regarding violations of zoning, housing, and property maintenance requirements and securing property owner compliance
  • Monitoring conditions of approval and mitigation measures



 Deals with the development of city-wide and neighborhood plans and programs. It involves adoption and maintenance of the General Plan and General Plan Map,  its elements, area plans and the Local Coastal Program. Important to this division is liaison with other jurisdictions, neighborhood, business and civic groups.

Duties include:



The Code Compliance Division's mission, within the Planning and Community Development Department, is to ensure a safe, clean, attractive, and healthy living environment in the City of Santa Cruz.

Duties include:



This activity administers the California Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Energy Codes, as well as other ordinances and regulations relating to building and construction.

Duties include:

  • Providing information about building and construction and reviewing plans for conformance to applicable codes and standards
  • Issuing permits and inspecting construction and buildings for compliance with plans and regulations
  • Investigating building and construction related complaints and assisting other City departments as necessary with the enforcement of related codes and ordinances
  • Updated Energy Code Regulations, effective 7/1/14



(Now part of the Economic Development and Redevelopment Agency) The HCD Division is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and goals contained in the Housing Element of the City's General Plan. HCD staff also administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds, which are used to benefit low-and moderate income households.

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