Planning Division

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

**Important Notices**

Development Services Center Closed through June 5, 2020

The City's Development Services Center will remain closed through Friday, June 5, 2020 due to the civil unrest activities that have occurred in the area in the past few days. For more information, please call 510-494-4443, or send an email

Development Services Center Open during Shelter in Place Order

To help construction projects move forward in Fremont and provide an alternative to online services, the City’s Development Services Center is open to the public; however, services and staffing are limited. For more information, please read this City news article

Online Pre-Application for Permits

The City is accepting online pre-applications for the following permits: planning permitsbuilding/fire permits, and engineering permits. The pre-application is available online through the City’s Accela Citizen Access portalFor more information, please visit the City's Pre-Application for Permits webpage.

Express Permits for Home Upgrade Projects

For express building permits for basic home upgrade projects like water heater replacements, roof replacements, and minor kitchen/bathroom remodels, applicants should submit their building permit application and plans by email. For more information, please visit the City's Express Permits webpage.

Building Inspection Services

To align with the revised Alameda County Shelter in Place Order, the City is expanding building inspection services for construction projects that comply with the Order and follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included in the Order. Building inspections are available for all projects. Inspections can be scheduled online through the City’s Accela Citizen Access portal or by phone at 510-494-4885.

New Remote Procedures for Design Review Inspections

All new buildings, additions to buildings, and building site improvements require design review inspections by City staff. Design review inspections for buildings under construction are now being handled remotely using photographs provided by the project contractor. Applicants should send an email with their permit number, project address, and photographs. For more information, please contact design review staff at 510-494-4480 or by email.

Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19

Community Development has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document to help answer questions about the City’s construction and development services during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., permit applications, plan reviews, and building inspections). This document will be updated regularly.

Community Development staff are available by phone or email to provide assistance and answer questions.

  • Building Inspection: 510-494-4400 or email
  • Code Enforcement: 510-494-4430 or email
  • Development Services Center: 510-494-4443 or email
  • Housing: 510-494-4500 or email
  • Planning: 510-494-4440 or email
  • Plans and Permits: 510-494-4460 or email
  • Sustainability: email
For more information and updates to City services, please visit the City's Coronavirus webpage.
Planning Permits
Find information about Planning permits and download the Universal Planning Application Form

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

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

Learn about residential, commercial, and industrial zoning district
Accela Citizen Access
Civic Insight
Introducing Citizen Access, the City of Fremont’s new online tool!
  • Look up permitting information on a specific property.
  • Check on the status of a permit.
  • Request a building inspection.
  • Submit a complaint to the City's Code Enforcement division.
  • To get started, visit
Introducing Civic Insight, the City's new interactive map that plots major development (vertical construction) permit activity citywide over the past 10 years. To get started, visit For minor permit activity (e.g., solar, home occupation, encroachment permits), use Citizen Access.