COVID-19 Prioritization and Protocols for
City of Mill Valley Planning & Building Department
UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020 5:00 P.M.
On March 31, 2020, the Marin County Health Officer issued a new Shelter in Place Order (“Order”) that extends the shelter in place mandate through May 3, 2020 and further clarifies "essential" business and community activities.
In terms of construction, the March 31, 2020 Order only allows construction to occur for:
Active Applications and Permitted Construction Projects. Projects that are currently in process with the Planning and Building Departments will continue to be processed and reviewed, as resources are available. Please note while applications may be reviewed, there will be a delay in the final approval of projects. Building inspections are now limited to emergency permits (for health and safety reasons) and to safely secure and shut down larger construction-related projects. Building inspections will also be “virtual”, when possible.
Other Home Improvement Projects. Pursuant to the Order, home improvement projects that do not require a permit, such as landscaping and painting projects involving hired workers are not deemed as "essential" and are NOT permitted during this public health emergency. See the County's Frequently Asked Questions for more information on what types of activities are permitted.
For More Information. See additional information below summarizing current services for the Department:
Existing Applications: Planning staff will continue to process existing applications, as resources allow. Priority for action will be for projects that qualify as “Essential" under the Order. Action will be taken on other projects on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Director of Planning and Building and based on the staffing capacity and the City’s ability to conduct virtual meetings for projects that require public hearings.
New Applications: New planning applications will only be accepted for projects that qualify as "essential", such as those projects that create new housing units. Applications will only be accepted by mail or e-mail. For Planning application materials, submittal requirements, and supporting documentation, please refer to the Planning Division web page. Contact the Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 388-4033 if you have any questions regarding the Planning applications.
Building Inspections will be provided only for essential construction activities consistent with the March 31 Order, see numbers 1-8 above. Inspectors will not be permitted to conduct inspections if they cannot comply with social distancing requirements and other health and safety protocols as stipulated in the Order. The Building Official has authorized building inspectors to make such determinations at their sole discretion.
Residential Building Reports will be suspended during the local emergency.
Existing Plan Check Submittals will continue to resume, with new procedures for accepting all re-submittals via email, mail or FTP site. For questions regarding plan check procedures or status of plan check submittals, contact Athena Langdon, Permit Services Coordinator at: email@example.com or (415) 384-4815.
New Building Permit Applications will be only accepted for projects that qualify as “Essential” as defined in the revised Order. Life, safety, sanitation, emergency and/or essential operation will be accepted and prioritized. Other applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Planning and Building Director. For Building Permit application materials, submittal requirements and supporting documentation, please refer to the Building Division web page. To initiate the process, complete the permit application and supporting documentation and e-mail to Athena Langdon, Permit Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding building permit application submittals, contact Athena Langdon, Permit Services Coordinator at: email@example.com or (415) 384-4815.
Building Permit Issuance
Permit issuance services (electronic only) will be issued on a limited basis based on those construction activities that qualify as “essential" (see numbers 1-8 above).
Fire Inspections Related to Building Permits
Please click here for information regarding Fire Inspections.
Code Enforcement staff will continue to work on current cases on a priority basis (with life/safety issues being a top priority). If a field inspection is required, the Code Enforcement Officer will implement new protocols to ensure that health and safety practices are followed and if applicable an initial screening conducted over the phone prior to scheduling the inspection. Use our website if you have questions about a code enforcement case or would like to report a violation.
When needed, schedule a phone or online appointment. Out of an abundance of caution, no in-person meetings will be conducted at the present time to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For general Planning Division related questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or for general zoning information, go towww.marinmap.organd/or the Planning Department’s forms and resources page.
For general Building Division related questions, contact Becky Murray, Administrative Aide at: email@example.com or phone: (415) 388-4033.