The following provides information to help you successfully submit a planning application, including what you will need to submit, how to submit it, and who else may need to approve it first so that you can submit.
Our physical offices are now closed to the public due to COVID-19, so all permit applications must be submitted online. Please read the information below carefully because your project will be delayed if you submit a planning application that is incomplete.
There are three broad permitting categories:
Minor Online Permits can be submitted using an online and are are often processed administratively, unless a public hearing is requested. These permits are generally processed faster than major permits.
Other Administrative Permits are submitted using a PDF document and may require through a specialized permitting process. These permits generally have a faster review period compared to major permits.
Major Permits are submitted using a fillable PDF document and require additional review by a planner. Many major permits are discretionary and may require a public hearing prior to approval. The time to process varies significantly, depending on the complexity of the project.
The following questions will help direct you to the the appropriate application process for your project.
Are you located in Contra Costa County?
If yes, continue to questions below
If no, Contra Costa County is not your planning agency and you will need to seek approval from your city planning department. Please contact each directly to verify their requirements and current process for approval stamps before you get started. If your project is in any of the cities below, the County provides Building Permits and you will be required to upload the approved city planning application and approved plans in PDF format with your building permit application.
Major Permit Applications are submitted using the General Permit PDF Application and require additional review by a planner. The time to process a major applications varies significantly depending on the complexity of the project.
These project often require significant backup documentation. Please review the applicable How to Guides below prior to submittal.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), Certificate of Compliance Review, Development Plan, General Plan Amendment/Feasibility Study, Land Use Permit, Lot Line Adjustment, Major or Minor Subdividsion, Planning Consideration, Rezoning, Tree Permit, Variance, or Wireless Facility.