Planning Forms & Resources

The Mill Valley Municipal Code provides for stringent regulation of the use and improvement of land, buildings and other structures to best protect our city's natural beauty and special character.  Forms, handouts and guidelines are developed based on the City's General Plan and Municipal Code, and are outlined below. 

Planning Resources- Key Information

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly Used Terms  
Basic Zoning Information for RS (Single-Family) Zones
Do You Live in City Limits? Some Mill Valley addresses (such as those in Strawberry, Tam Valley, Homestead, Almonte and Alto) are actually in unincorporated portions of Marin County -- out of our jurisdiction. Check your street address here to find out.
General Plan The General Plan provides policy guidance on housing, land use, conservation, safety, natural hazards and transportation. This document helps guide the type of development that the City desires, where it should be located and how it should be regulated.  Click here for the General Plan's Land Use Map and Allowable Density.
Municipal Code Municipal Code -See Title 20 for Development Standards & Permitted Uses by Zoning District; Parking Standards Diagram
Zoning Map  The Zoning Map specifies the types of land use that are allowed and prohibited for each zone. Once you have determined the zoning for a property, see Title 20 of the Municipal Code for development standards, uses, and other regulations for each zoning district.
Online Maps  Go to MarinMap.org to search a parcel.  Zoning, Land Use, and Floodplain Information can be added to view in association with parcels.  Click here for Parcel Maps.
Property Information

Our online database provides access to planning and building records and general property information, such as zoning and general plan land use designations, assessor data (such as lot size) and floodplain designation.

 Fees Fee Schedule
Floodplain Management If your are conducting work on a property within the floodplain, please click here for more information.  Click here for the Substantial Improvement Worksheet
Construction Management Plans  The City of Mill Valley requires many builders and developers to prepare a Construction Management Plan (CMP) that takes into account all relevant aspects of building or demolition work. Please download the City of Mill Valley Construction Management Plan Guidelines for more information.
 


Planning Forms-Primary Application Materials

Main Application Main Planning Application
Application Checklist Design Review Application Checklist
Development Standards & Design Guidelines

Municipal Code (Title 20 contains development standard by Zoning District)

Single Family Zoning DistrictsBasic Zoning Information for RS (Single Family) ZonesSingle Family Design Guidelines (Adopted 2016)

Multi-Family, Mixed Use and Downtown Residential: Design Guidelines and Development Standards (Adopted 2016)

Commercial: Commercial Design Guidelines (Adopted 1989)


Supporting Information 

Floor Area Worksheet  Adjusted Floor Area Worksheet
Study Session Requirements   Study Session Requirements
Story Pole Certifications  Story Pole Certification Form
Accessory Dwelling Units  Accessory Dwelling Units Information

Supplemental Application Materials

Address Change Request for Change of Address 
Accessory Dwelling Unit Accessory Dwelling Unit Permit
Tree Removal Tree Removal Permits;
Tree Permit Application/Guide to Tree Regulations
Fences Fence Permit / Guide to Fence Regulations
Use  Conditional Use Permit
Short Term Rentals Short Term Rental Registration Process 
Variance Supplemental Application for Variance
Signage Sign Permit
Outdoor Dining & Display Outdoor Dining Permit / Outdoor Display Permit
Subdivision, Lot Line Adjustments and Merger See Municipal Code Title 21 and Lot Line AdjustmentNotice of Merger
Tentative Maps Tentative Tract Map Tentative Parcel Map
Fire Prevention Landscape Fire Prevention Landscape Requirements Link
Green Building Requirements

Summary of Requirements 

Residential Major Additions, Tear Downs and New 
Residential Minor Addition 
Nonresidential Minor Additions and Alterations 
Nonresidential Major Additions, Tear Downs and New

 Other Permits Click here for road closure, encroachment, sewer connection, grading, watercourse modification permits