Planning Division

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The Planning Division is responsible for the development of long range planning policies and the processing of current applications for new development and design reviews to promote compliance with the City’s Zoning Ordinance and development standards. The division is also responsible for administering the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Use Permits, promoting high-quality urban design and developments, and collaborating on fostering careful consideration of historic structures and resources.

To learn more about the planning process or to view applications and supplemental fees, please visit Planning Applications and Guidelines


The City of South San Francisco is now accepting applications for those interested in serving on the City's Design Review Board Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by the Planning Division no later than 5:00pm, March 15, 2019.

There are two governing bodies that work with staff at the Planning Division to ensure development aligns with the City's goals for growth and development.

The Design Review Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, whereas the Planning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. The Division accepts Planning and Design Review Board (DRB) applications until the last Friday of every month for the following month's DRB meeting. Prior to any application submittal however, a courtesy preliminary review is required by staff and may be set up by calling (650) 877-8535 or by emailing

To view upcoming schedules and agendas, please visit the Planning Commission or Design Review Board page.


For answers to Planning's most frequently asked questions please view our FAQ list