Planning and Building Update (July 13, 2020)

Updated July 13th, 2020

On April 29, 2020 the Marin County Health extended the Shelter in Place Order (“Order”) though May 31, 2020 with some modifications to ease regulations, particularly related to construction.  Under the April 29, 2020 Order, all construction projects are allowed to resume as long as the construction project complies with safety protocols for social distancing (Appendix A), small construction projects (Appendix B1) and large construction projects (Appendix B2). 

If you are currently working in Mill Valley you must complete the Project Safety Protocol Acknowledgement form and return it to Marrk Callier, Permit Technician, at as soon as possible.

While construction is now allowed, please note that City resources and staffing remain limited. Please see additional information below summarizing current services for the Planning & Building Department: 


Planning Division

Existing Applications: Planning staff will continue to process existing applications, as resources allow. 

New Applications:  Planning staff will process new applications, as resources allow.   New planning applications are currently being accepted via mail or e-mail. For planning application materials, submittal requirements, and supporting documentation, please refer to the Planning Division web page.  Due to staffing availability during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City requests that applicants compile all necessary documents before submitting applications. Contact the Planning Division at, or (415) 388-4033 if you have any questions regarding the Planning applications.   


Building Division

Building Inspections will continue. 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.

To schedule an inspection please click here

Residential Building Reports inspections are being scheduled. To apply for a RBR please submit a Residential Building Report Application with a check payable to the City of Mill Valley. You may mail in the application and check or you may utilize the drop box to the left of the front door at City Hall. Please make a note on the application if the home is occupied or vacant, and our staff will provide information regarding our procedures once the inspection has been scheduled.

Plan Check Submittals and Building Permit Issuance will 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 Marrk Callier, Permit Technician at: or (415) 388-4033 x4708.

New Building Permit Applications will be only accepted and processed, as resources allow.  For Building Permit application materials, submittal requirements and supporting documentation, please refer to the Building Division web page.  To apply for a permit please click here to complete our online application process. If you have questions regarding building permit application submittals, please contact Marrk Callier, Permit Technician at: or (415) 388-4033 x4708.

Fire Inspections Related to Building Permits

Please click here for information regarding Fire Inspections.


Code Enforcement

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. Access our website if you have questions about a code enforcement case or would like to report a violation.

Public Inquiries

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. 


Stay Informed

Please note that local requirements continue to change, so please check the City’s website and Planning and Building page for updates.