Planning & Building

The Mission of the Planning and Building Department is to deliver professional and responsive services to enhance the quality of life in our community.

The Planning and Building Department provides community planning development review and inspection services for residents of Mill Valley and the development community, and facilitates the permitting process in a manner that is consistent with City, State and federal standards.

New Planning and Buildng Fees Effective July 1, 2022


Planning Fees, July 1, 2022 (PDF)

Buildng Fees, July 1, 2022 (PDF)

Counter Hours

The Planning and Building Department are processing applications online to provide faster and more convenient access to the planning and permitting process.  However, we also under stand that sometimes a trip to City Hall to answer questions is easier than a phone call or e-mail so we are hosting counter hours for inquiries.

Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00am -11:00 am

Mask Requirements:

Face coverings are strongly recommended. 

To get in line:

We are using a “Qless” system which is an automated queuing system to reduce wait times for Planning and Building Department customers.  This new system allows customers to get in line for one of our counters without having to come and then provides up dates via text messaging and on-screen monitoring in the City Hall lobby. Please note, this is not an appointment scheduling system, it is only designed to que our customers when the counter is open.

  • QLess App: On this page, you can download the “QLess” application.
  • Online: On this page, you can get in line
  • Text: (415) 634-2962; once prompted please enter: “mill valley building planning” for location.
  • In person: City Hall when the counter is open at the reception desk.

Building Services: 

Code interpretations, resolving plan check comments, requested materials only. All applications and revisions must be submitted online, information regarding the Permitting Process (PDF) can be found on our website.

Planning Services: 

Planning applications may be submitted during public counter times, via drop box at back entrance to City Hall, US mail, UPS, FedEX etc. To access Planning application materials, submittal requirements and supporting documentation, refer to Planning Division web page.

Planning & Building News

  1. Green Building – Community Meeting June 22 (6pm)

    Virtual community meeting on the Green Building Code on June 22nd at 6pm. Help shape Marin County’s Proposed Green Building Model Ordinance, which will also shape Mill Valley’s Green Building update. Read on...
  2. Proposal to Renovate the Sequoia Theater

    The Sequoia Theater has submitted a proposal to fully renovate and convert the two-screen Sequoia Theater. Read on...
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  5. City Council Scheduled to Update the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Regulations

    City Council Scheduled to Update the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Regulations and Establish New Regulations for Two-Unit Projects Allowed Under Senate Bill 9 Read on...
  6. Climate Action Plan Update - November 2021

    Climate Action Plan Update Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:00 - 8:00 pm Read on...
  7. 1 Hamilton Drive - Join us for an Online Workshop on March 10

    Online Workshop to discuss affordable housing opportunities at 1 Hamilton Drive: March 10, 2022 (6:30-8:30pm) Read on...
  8. Housing Element Update - November 2021

    The Housing Advisory Committee will host the second Housing Element Workshop on November 10, 2021 (6:30-8:30pm). Read on...
  9. Zoning Code Updates - October 2021

    On October 12, 2021 Planning Commission will consider recommending that City Council adopt two resolutions to update the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance and establish regulations for two-unit project that are now permitted in Single-Family zones Read on...
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    City of Mill Valley's Tree Ordinance

    Did you know that a permit is required to cut down trees on your property? Read on...
  12. Housing Advisory Committee Meeting #9

    The City of Mill Valley's Housing Advisory Committee will meet on May 25, 2021 (5:00-6:30pm) to discuss two "House Mill Valley" programs that foster new affordable housing in Mill Valley. Read on...
  13. Richardson Terrace - 575 E Blithedale Update

    The City of Mill Valley Planning Division received a Design Review application for a mixed-use housing development project at 575 East Blithedale Avenue on December 17, 2020. Read on...
  14. 575 E. Blithedale / Richardson Terrace Preliminary Application

    On July 9, 2020, the City of Mill Valley Planning Division received a preliminary application for a mixed-use housing development project at 575 East Blithedale Avenue. Read on...
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    Housing Element Update

    Workshop 1: September 23, 2021 (6:30 - 8:00pm) via zoom Read on...
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