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Forms & Applications

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 Planning and Development Services proudly introduces:
The Online Permit Services System!

 

 By offering online permit services, the City can continue to serve customers while sheltering in place. After discussing your project with a Planner, begin a pre-application by following these instructions and to learn                                                                  more click here

 

 
Planning Application Intake Appointments:

Starting 2021, virtual appointments are required to submit all Planning Entitlement applications. Appointments can be made by calling the Planning Division at (650) 329-2441 x0. 
Prior to your appointment, upload all required documents as a Planning Pre-Application through the City’s Online Permitting Services portal. Directions on creating an account and submitting a pre-app are available at bit.ly/paloaltoOPS. Please note, the account used for the pre-app will be the main contact and uploader for the entirety of the project.
For questions, please contact our Planner-on-Duty hotline at 650-617-3117 or email planner@cityofpaloalto.org.

Forms, Forms & More Forms!

 This page contains forms and checklists for the following development types and topics. Click to jump ahead.

Single Family Homes

If you would like to build a one story home in the R-1 zone or a home in the R-E zoning district…

If you are planning to add a second floor addition of 150 sf or more or build a new two story home, a discretionary planning application called Single Family Individual Review (IR) is required in advance of your building permit submittal...

If you’d like to propose the development of additional housing with an accessory dwelling unit…

If you’d like to use a Home Improvement Exception (HIE) to reduce specific development regulations for a home remodel that maintains at least 75% of the existing exterior walls…

If a protected tree or other unique land feature is limiting the use of your property and you would like relief from the strict interpretation of the Zoning Code...

Other helpful forms…


Multi-Family & Commercial Projects

New structures will generally go through the Architectural Review Process…

For small structures under 5,000 square feet and for minor renovations...

To add a sign or replace a sign on your commercial property...

For construction on a property in the Site and Design (D) Combining District...

If you need to request a variance…

Other helpful forms…


Special & Conditional Uses


Wireless Projects


Tree Removal Forms


Rezoning


Planning Fees