Important message about Planning Division Operations:
As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the Planning Division has adjusted services to be conducted primarily via telephone, email, online, or appointment when possible. The Planning and Building Department counter is only open to the public on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 AM to Noon. Staff are otherwise available to help you by phone and email Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm. Access our Staff Directory to find direct emails and phone numbers.
Note: The Planning and Building Department is closed on Fridays.
To submit new planning applications or documents related to existing planning applications, please contact your assigned planner or any Planning staff member.
Responsibilities & Duties
The Planning Department processes applications for both discretionary and ministerial planning permits for proposed development projects and undertakes advance planning projects such as revisions to the General Plan, preparation of specific plans, and Zoning Ordinance amendments. It also provides staff services to Larkspur’s Planning Commission and to the Heritage Preservation Board and City Council on planning and environmental matters. Additionally, the Planning Department enforces the City’s Zoning Ordinance.
Current Planning: The main Current Planning activities are associated with advising the Planning Commission and City Council regarding applications for land use changes and development permits. These applications include fence height exceptions, lot line adjustments, slope use permits, floor area ratio exceptions, use permits, variances, subdivisions, and design review. Also included in Current Planning activities is the review of building permit applications for Zoning Ordinance compliance and environmental review of discretionary development applications. The Planning Division also manages Heritage Tree Removal permits that are part of development permit applications or are otherwise protested to the Park & Recreation Commission.
Advance Planning: Advance Planning is concerned with the preparation, updating, and amendment of General Plan elements, Specific Plans, and the Zoning Ordinance. It is also responsible for inter-agency coordination.
Code Enforcement: The Planning Department is responsible for enforcement of the City’s Zoning Ordinance and compliance with conditions of permit approval.
Public Information: The Planning Department provides information to the public regarding zoning regulations and permit procedures, sactive project proposals, and permit and property records.