Office hours for Planning and Building Counters
(counters located upstairs in Room 206)
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:00PM-3:00PM (Closed Fridays)
Staff will be available in the afternoon Monday - Thursday and all day on Fridays by phone or appointment only.
Phone: 831-420-5100 • Fax: 831-420-5434
Admin. hours (NOT the counter): Mon - Fri 8:00AM - 12 noon and 1:00PM - 5:00PM
The Department of Planning and Community Development is comprised of the following divisions:
- Current Planning Division
- Advance Planning Division
- Code Compliance Division
- Building Inspection Services Division
- Updated Energy Code Regulations, effective 7/1/14
- 2012-13 Historic Preservation Program Update
- Climate Action Plan
- Residential Rental Inspection Program
Use the following links for more information:
- Area Plans, Planning Documents and Projects
- Public Hearing Bodies/Commissions
- Municipal Codes
Administers a variety of City regulations relating to physical development of the community.
- Answering zoning questions by email or by phone at 831-420-5416
- 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.
- Developing amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map
- Facilitating historic preservation
- Providing public information regarding City planning, interdepartmental/interjurisdictional coordination, census data analysis, and economic development.
- Carrying out research projects under direction of the City Council and Planning Commission
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.
- Promoting health and safety in neighborhoods
- Increasing awareness and information about City policies, programs, and Municipal Code requirements
BUILDING INSPECTION SERVICES:
This activity administers the California Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Energy Codes, as well as other ordinances and regulations relating to building and construction.
- 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
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (HCD):
(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.