Community Development

Community Development
The role of the Community Development Department is to move the community toward the sustainable, strategically urban community envisioned in the City's General Plan. Department activities include providing professional assistance to developers, contractors, businesses, and homeowners; preserving open space; building high-quality strategically urban residential and commercial development; and maintaining and increasing the range of housing alternatives.

The department includes the divisions of Building and Safety, Housing, Planning, and Sustainability.
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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 will be required to wear a face mask, even if they are fully vaccinated.

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 now 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
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Building and Safety

Development Services Center

  • One-stop shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving permit applications and construction documents
  • Staff available to answer questions regarding zoning, planning, engineering, and inspections

Development and Affordable Housing Fees

  • Information on actions approved by the Fremont City Council regarding development impact fees and affordable housing fees in Fremont

Housing

Planning

Sustainability

  • Current environmental sustainability efforts and Climate Action Plan progress

Contact Us

  1. Community Development Department

    39550 Liberty St.
    Fremont, CA 94538
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    Ph: 510-494-4448

    Staff Contact List 

    Hours

    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    This Tuesday, January 18, at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Fremont City Council will consider a recommendation from City staff to apply for the second round of funding available through the State’s Homekey program. Read on...
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    Effective today, January 11, 2022, some City offices are physically closed and operating by appointment only. Read on...
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The Development Digest Newsletter

A monthly guide delivering the latest news from the City's Community Development Department