Welcome to the Planning Division

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Public counters at City Hall are open. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Public health and safety measures are in place.

  • Residents are encouraged to take advantage of our “Virtual City Hall” by engaging with the City online, and via phone, email. Plans and applications can be submitted electronically (preferred) or in hard copy with an appointment.
  • Please note that due to changes in business practices in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, initial response turnaround times may be 24-48 hours. Processing times may also be extended.  Please see revised submittal process timelines and work with your assigned Project Manager to determine anticipated turnaround times for your project.

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to serve the residents of our community during this time. For more information, visit the City's COVID-19 Response webpage

    Our Services

    The Planning Division promotes and enhances the well-being of residents, visitors, property owners, and businesses of the City of San Marcos by encouraging high quality development, responsible business practices, protecting natural resources, and implementation of the city’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

    If you are considering developing property, adding on to a home, starting a new business or have general questions regarding the use or zoning of property, the Planning Division is the first point of contact.

    Applications, Forms & Fees

    CEQA Resources for Applicants & Consultants

    Climate Action Plan 

    Development Projects

    Environmental Review & Sustainability

    General Plan


    Public Workshops

    Planning Commission

    Specific Plans

    Zoning Information

    Zoning Map

    Planning Division

    1 Civic Center Drive
    San Marcos, CA
    (760) 744-1050                                        

    Joseph Farace, Planning Manager                  

    For general questions about planning or zoning in San Marcos, 

    contact via e-mail: Planning Division or phone: (760) 744-1050 ext. 3204