Planning Department

The Planning Department is currently closed to the public, but virtual appointments are available Monday - Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. You can schedule an appointment here. You may also contact the Planning Department by email at or by phone at (925)253-4210.

All applications are being processed electronically. Applications shall be emailed to for processing. Visit the Building Permits page for more information on the building permit process. 

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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. *Note that due to COVID, the Department of Conservation and Development office is closed, but services are offered virtually online or by phone.* 

Lamorinda Building Inspection Office
3685 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 120
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 299-0263


Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.