The Planning Division maintains the City's land development and land use standards and reviews all construction, from small home additions to large commercial and industrial projects, to ensure that the work to be performed conforms with the City's zoning laws. City staff work with contractors and homeowners to help streamline the permit process using an easy step-by-step guide. On large-scale projects, pre-construction coordination meetings are held with project managers and City staff who play a role in the construction process to help ensure a smooth-running project.
Planning Application and Zoning
To apply for a Planning application or to look up a property's Zone, please visit the Permit Portal. Uniform Planning Application, Minor Review, Landscape Review, Temporary Use Permit (TUP), Tree Removal Permit, Zoning Clearance & Occupancy Permit, Home Occupation Permit
For more information on how to use the Permit Portal, visit the How to Guide.
Book a Planning Appointment
The Planning Commission, comprised of ten Alhambra residents appointed by the City Council, guides the City's planning process by identifying planning-related problems and opportunities, reviewing proposed project plans that require zoning changes, variances, subdivisions, and planned development permits. Learn more on the Planning Commission page.
Meets the first and third Monday of the month at 7 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Alhambra Design Review Board
The Design Review Board, comprised of five Alhambra residents, appointed by the City Council, maintains design control over all development permits reviewed by the Planning Commission, including minor modifications such as signs and exterior alterations. Learn more on the Design Review Board page.
Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.