Planning Department

DEPARTMENT STATUS (Updated 9/22/21)
To speak to a planner, you can:Application Submittal
All applications are only being accepted electronically. As of September 22, 2021, applications must be submitted hereIn-person submittals are not being accepted at this time. 
  • Application Status - Submittals will be processed in the order they are received. Due to a high volume of applications, please allow at least 2 weeks before contacting the Planning Department for a status update. You may email or call (925)253-4210 for a status update.

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Welcome to the City of Orinda Planning Department

The City of Orinda Planning Department's Mission Statement - maintain and enhance the semi-rural residential character and the downtown village character of Orinda through responsive and solution oriented services to all segments of the community. We look forward to serving you!

The Planning Department provides professional and personalized service relative to the overall physical development of Orinda, consistent with the General Plan & Housing Element, adopted policies and guidelines.

General Plan

For more information on the General Plan, visit the General Plan & Housing Element page.

Policies & Guidelines

See the Guidelines & Plans page for relevant policies and guidelines.

Responsibilities & Services

The Planning Department is responsible for the implementation of the City's General Plan and Development Code. The Department is also responsible for managing all land use entitlements in accordance with the Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and State Planning and Zoning laws.

Building Permits & Inspections

Building plan check and inspection services are provided through the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development. See the Building Permits page for more information.

Lamorinda Building Inspection Office
3685 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 120
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 655-2700


Tuesday - Thursday
8 am to 11:30 am
12:30 pm to 5 pm
*Closed to the public on Monday's & Friday's, but accepts calls.

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