Commission & Boards

Palo Alto City Hall

Close Collaboration 

City planning and transportation staff collaborate closely with the following groups of officials.

  • Architectural Review BoardThe Architectural Review Board is charged with design review of all new construction, and changes and additions to commercial, industrial and multiple-family projects.
  • Historic Resources BoardThe Historic Resources Board is composed of seven members appointed by the City Council and reviews proposed exterior changes to commercial and multiple-family buildings on the Historic Building Inventory.
  • Planning and Transportation CommissionThe Commission is composed of seven members who are current residents of the City of Palo Alto and provides advice and recommendations to the City Council on any matter pertaining to land use planning and transportation systems affecting the City.
  • Director's HearingsApplications subject to standard staff review process, such as Variances and Individual Reviews, may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied with a decision made by the Planning & Community Environment (PCE) Director.