Planning

Overview


The Planning Division of the Community Development Department is responsible for managing the physical development of the Town in an orderly manner in accordance with the Tiburon General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Municipal Code, and Town policies and regulations.  The Planning Division reviews and processes a wide variety of planning, zoning, subdivision and other permits and performs code enforcement functions for areas in its purview.  The Planning Division is also responsible for maintaining an up-to-date General Plan, conducting environmental and other studies, and producing long-range planning documents such as the Climate Action Plan and Open Space Resource Management Plan.

Forms and Fees


To download an application form or obtain information about Planning Division policies and regulations, please visit the Helpful Documents page.  If you want to determine a filing fee for an application, please refer to the Abridged Fee Schedule. The complete Community Development Department and Miscellaneous Services Fee Schedule provides additional information on Town fees and service costs.  A sampling of common filing fees can be found below.

Design Review Application Fees

Fees are required to review the design and site planning of a wide variety of construction projects and exterior alterations. Design Review fees are generally based on the size or type of project and whether any variances or a floor area exception may be required. Applications for Site Plan and Architectural Review (commonly referred to as “Design Review”) are acted on by Planning Division Staff or by the Design Review Board (DRB), depending on project size, type and level of controversy. Fees for the most commonly-requested Design Review and related applications are as follows:

Type of Alteration
Fee
Minor Alteration (Staff level review) for projects less than 500 square feet
$255
Design Review of less than 500 square feet that require review by the DRB
$485
Design Review of projects between 500 and 1,000 square feet
$945
Design Review of projects more than 1,000 square feet
$1,325
New residence or Non-residential building
$2,825
Variance (for each Variance requested)
$450
Floor Area Exception
$230

Other Planning Fees


Other Planning, Zoning, or Subdivision permit applications are usually reviewed and acted upon by the Planning Commission or by Planning Division Staff.  Many such applications require an initial fee deposit rather than a flat fee. Additional fees (beyond the initial deposit amount) may be required to completely process the application, or a partial refund may be issued, depending on the cost to the Town of processing the application. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Planning Division for a complete description of these fees.  The Town’s Hourly Rate Schedule and Complex Project Hourly Billing Rate Schedule set forth the hourly billing rates of various staff positions for non-fixed-fee applications. Fees for the following common Planning, Zoning, or Subdivision permit applications are as follows:

Tree Permits
Number of Trees
Fees
Single Tree
$170
2-4 Trees
$260
5 or more Trees
$280, plus $55 per tree above 5 trees

Lot Line Adjustment

Number of Parcels
Fees
4 or fewer parcels
$960 Initial Deposit
5 or fewer parcels
$2,040 Initial Deposit

Secondary Dwelling Unit Permit

Permit Fees
Flat Fee $595

Home Occupation Permit
Type Fees
Initial Application
$100
Annual Renewal
$50

Sign Permits
Level of Review
Fees
Staff level with no exception
$90
Staff level with a minor exception
$125
DRB level with a major exception
$300

Conditional Use Permit


Category Fees
Minor use permit
$1,540 Initial Deposit
Major use permit
$6,520 Initial Deposit
 Temporary use permit $540 Initial Deposit