Planning & Building Department
The Planning and Building Department is charged with the administration of policies guiding development and building within the Town and provides the residents of Los Altos Hills with an array of planning and building services.
The Planning Department reviews proposed development for compliance with the Town’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance and prepares long range planning and policy documents. The Department is also responsible for the updates on the General Plan elements; issues use permits, processes building related applications, CEQA studies, and Environmental Impact Reviews. The Department provides support to the Planning Commission and City Council on development and land use matters, and coordinates with the Pathways, Environmental Design and Protection, and the Open Space Committees in the review of development permit applications.
The Building division reviews architectural and structural plans for compliance with applicable building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and energy codes, and conducts site inspections of buildings under construction to ensure compliance with these codes.
The Planning & Building Department uses resident survey system to gather feedback on specific topics. Here are some recent survey results:
If you are a Town resident and would like to participate in future surveys, please sign up here.
Planning & Building Hours
Planning and Building Department Staff are available Monday through Friday (except Public Holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00.p.m.
Planning Department Drop-In Counter Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If these hours are inconvenient, please call 650-941-7222 to make an appointment.Building permits are issued between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To schedule an inspection, please call (650) 947-2501.
Planning & Building Department Contact List