Planning Division

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The Planning Division, within the Community Development Department, is responsible for:
  • Assisting City Council with planning for the City's future development
  • Reviewing proposed development projects for conformance with the City's adopted policies and ordinances
  • Maintaining and implementing the City's General Plan
  • Providing information to the public about planning, zoning, planning permits, and landscape architecture requirements
  • Providing staff for the Planning Commission, Historical Architectural Review Board, and Art Review Board
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**Important Notices**

Operating Schedule for Development Services Center


The City continues to enhance access to online services to make it easier and more convenient for the public. As the use of online services increases, the City anticipates that the need for in-person services may begin to decrease. As a result, the City is implementing a pilot plan for reopening the Development Services Center. The plan is outlined below and subject to change. Any updates will be available at Fremont.gov/DSC.

The City's Development Services Center, located at 39550 Liberty Street, is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the Center will be closed while staff focuses on processing online submittals for permits. City staff from the different divisions within the Center will be available by phone or email to provide assistance. View a list of contact information. All visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask but not required.

Online Permits Using Citizen Access

The City has implemented an online submittal process for all new permit requests using the City's Citizen Access portal. The online submittal process should be used for all new permit requests including planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permits, and engineering permits. This includes building permits for basic home upgrade projects like water heater replacements, roof replacements, and minor kitchen/bathroom remodels. For more information, please visit the City's Online Permits webpage.

Electronic Plan Review 


The City is using Electronic Plan Review (ePR) for planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permits, and engineering permitsWhen requesting one of these types of permits, applicants are able to use the City’s online permitting portal, Citizen Access, to submit their project plans and connect with City staff on the review process. For more information, please visit the City's ePR webpage

Senate Bill 9


In September 2021, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), a new law that preempts local single-family home zoning restrictions in neighborhoods across California. SB 9, which takes effect on January 1, 2022, will make it easier for Californians to build more than one housing unit on properties designated for single-family homes. This new law will allow property owners to add a second home to their property or to split their lot into approximately two equal halves and add up to two duplexes on each lot. The City is working closely with regional partners to identify best practices to align local land use policies with SB 9. To receive information as it becomes available, please sign up for the City’s Senate Bill 9 Interest List.

AgencyCounter


AgencyCounter is the City's new interactive map that plots construction and development permit activity citywide over the past 5 years. To get started, visit Fremont.gov/AgencyCounter.
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Planning Permits
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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Find information about adding an ADU to a property and the City's Preapproved ADU Program

Boards and Commissions
Find information about the Art Review Board, Historical Architectural Review Board, Planning Commission, Sustainability Commission, and Zoning Administrator

Development Activity
Learn about citywide development projects, including those in the City's Priority Development Areas

Environmental Review
Learn about the environmental review process and find environmental documents prepared for specific projects

Maps
Find maps with information about zoning, land use, development activity, and more

Plans and Guidelines
Residential Projects and Resources
Find the resources you need to complete your residential project

Zoning
Learn about residential, commercial, and industrial zoning district