Community Development Department

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The Community Development Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of community goals regarding the natural and built environment.  This includes planningbuilding permits and code enforcement

The department provides administration to the Planning Commission and support to the City Council.  The department is tasked with maintaining the City's General Plan, the blue print for the future of the City, and the Community Development Director serves as the Zoning Administrator.

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Are you interested in installing a rooftop solar on your home or duplex? If so, your application may be eligible for streamlined processing and inspection! Visit the Residential Rooftop Solar page to view the eligibility criteria and download the required checklists and forms. If your application isn’t eligible for streamlining, check out the Solar Energy Systems page for guidelines for non-streamlined applications.
The Baylands Final EIR has been published and is now available for public review.  Public hearings on the proposed Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan, related project components, and the Baylands Final EIR have not yet been scheduled, and are not expected to commence until Fall 2015. 
Recology is proposing a comprehensive modernization program designed to facilitate management of San Francisco’s solid waste stream and is aimed at achieving the 2020 “Zero Waste” goals established by the San Francisco Commission on the Environment.   The City has published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report for the Recology Modernization and Expansion Project, and the NOP and project overview may be viewed here.

The City of Brisbane's 2015–2022 Housing Element was certified by the State on April 24, 2015, and may be viewed at 2015-2022 Housing Element.

Short-term vacation room or home rentals in privately owned homes have grown in popularity in the Bay Area thanks to online advertising websites like The City’s regulations predate Internet-based homesharing, and short-term vacation rentals are currently prohibited in residentially zoned neighborhoods in Brisbane.  Brisbane City Council has asked the Planning Commission to further study this issue, evaluate the City’s regulations, and make recommendations.  The Planning Commission discussed this issue with community members at a March 12, 2015 workshop and a second workshop on April 9, 2015. The Planning Commission considered a final recommendation to the City Council at the regular meeting on April 23, 2015. The Planning Commission's recommendation was presented to the City Council on July 16, 2015, and the Council ultimately decided that further community dialogue should move forward. City staff will continue to research regulations from other cities and reach out to the community for additional feedback in the upcoming months. For more information, please contact Associate Planner Julia Capasso.

The Community Development Department is amending the City’s Circulation Element to incorporate provisions for complete streets that are consistent with the California Complete Streets Act of 2008.  The purpose is to ensure that the City’s transportation network accommodates all modes of transportation, including motor vehicles, transit, bicyclists and pedestrians.  The Planning Commission has received recommendations from the Complete Streets Committee, and is now reviewing the amended Circulation Element as a whole to put forward to City Council.

To assist in re-envisioning the future of Crocker Business Park, the City of Brisbane, in partnership with the Urban Land institute, undertook a Technical Assistance Panel  (TAP) last year.  The Crocker Park TAP report has been finalized and can be found on the Crocker Industrial Park webpage.



Planning Division:  Includes planning application form and fee schedule, planning application handouts, zoning and land use maps, outline of development projects and sites in the City, the General Plan, Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator information.

Building Division & Code Enforcement:  Includes general information on what type of work requires a permit, building permit handouts, a building permit fee estimator, a list of building codes used by the City and information on the code enforcement process.

The Baylands
Includes an outline with links to the various materials that have been prepared as part of the Baylands planning and EIR process.