The Planning Permit Process

Step 1:
Complete the online questionnaire
or talk with a planner at (831) 755-5025.

The answers you provide on the questionnaire will allow planning staff to determine the permit requirements for your project.

If you are still formulating ideas for your project you may want to speak with a land use technician before completing the questionnaire.  This can be done either by phone or in person at the planning counter at the Planning and Building Inspection Department office in Salinas.  The land use technician can provide you with site development information such as setback and height requirements and any other information that may be pertinent to the project you are contemplating. When talking with the land use technician it will be helpful to have your Assessor's Parcel Number (APN)

Step 2:
Receive an application.

Based on your conversation with the land use technician, and/or your answers to the online questionnaire, you will be told which permits, if any, will be needed for your project.

For more complex permits, you will need to meet with a planner to receive an application. The planner will provide you with detailed application instructions, give you a fee estimate and a tentative timeline, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding the process. To schedule this meeting you will need to submit an "Application Request Form and Scope of Work Statement" and a  Site Plan of your proposed.  A fee  is charged for these types of meetings, however this fee will be credited to your application fee if you apply within six months. If needed, a site visit with your project planner may be scheduled at this time.

Step 3:
Submit application.

All planning applications, except for over-the-counter and Design Approval submittals, require an appointment for submittal.  When you have prepared the application materials call your project planner to schedule an appointment to submit your application.  Before accepting the application, the planner will review the application to make sure that all the required items are included.  Application fees are also due at this time. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  If submitting your application in person creates a hardship, please contact your project planner to arrange an alternative.