Planning

COVID-19 Protocols: In accordance with the Santa Clara County Shelter in Place order, Planning staff are providing remote service for all development projects. All communication will be conducted through email, phone or other electronic means.

We will take in applications, review plans, complete inspections, and issue permits. In order to ensure the safety of our employees and our customers, we have implemented the Planning Department COVID-19 protocols in the linked document.

New Applications: Please submit new applications digitally by emailing PlanningDivision@cityofgilroy.org. Application materials may either be attached to the email or shared with a file sharing service such as Box.com. New applications will be assigned to a planner who will reach out to you remotely. After a planner has reached out, they will provide an invoice to pay for permit fees.

Resubmittals can be sent electronically directly to the planner assigned to your project. Please contact the planner assigned to your project for information on planning inspections.

For general questions, please call 408-846-0451 and leave a message.

For outdoor permits during COVID, please visit our Al Fresco Information Page.

Gilroy's Planning Division is committed to developing and implementing programs to support the city's General Plan. Staff promotes sustainable development and encourages quality design and livability of residential neighborhoods, commercial areas and industrial zones within the city's urban sphere. Our team provides a variety of services to fulfill the objectives of the General Plan, provide efficient permit processing services, and encourage public participation in the land use process.

The Planning team is responsible for implementation of Gilroy’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, adopted specific plans and other associated ordinances. Typical activities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Respond to public inquiries related to land-use and property development regulations.
  • Provide solution-oriented customer service to support economic development opportunities whenever possible
  • Review land-use entitlement applications (e.g. tentative map, conditional use permit, annexation, general plan amendment, architectural & site review permits) for conformance with adopted policies and regulations
  • Administer the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for environmental review related to planning and development proposals
  • Update and maintain the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • Provide staff support for Historic Heritage Committee and Planning Commission
  • Through Code Enforcement, resolve land-use related violations.

2040 General Plan: On November 2, 2020, the Gilroy City Council adopted the new General Plan. The General Plan represents the City of Gilroy’s view of its future and expresses the community’s vision and guiding principles for development. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Gilroy General Plan