Planning Division

Important message about Planning Division Operations:

Please be aware that in an effort to limit potential exposure and community spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Municipalities in Marin County have been advised by Marin County Health to close all facilities to the public, effective Monday, March 16 until further notice. Essential services offered by the City, such as services related to planning and building permits, will be conducted via telephone, email, online, or appointment when possible. Staff are available to help you by phone and email Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm. Access our Staff Directory to find direct emails and phone numbers.

Note: The Planning and Building Department is closed on Fridays due to furloughs resulting from budgetary impacts of Covid-19.

To submit new planning applications or documents related to existing planning applications, please contact your assigned planner or any Planning staff member.

Note: Department operations will be closed from December 24, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Building inspections will be available during this timeframe except for the Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays. Plan review and permit processing will not occur during this timeframe and any inquiries to the department will experience a delayed response.


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.

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: Each day the Planning Department receives a number of requests for planning information from the public. In order to provide this information, the Department maintains a public counter that is staffed 24 hours per week for walk-in inquiries and provides telephone and email response services.