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Planning Gilroy’s Future

The City of Gilroy's Planning Division is committed to developing and implementing programs to support the city's General Plan. We promote sustainable development and encourage quality design and livability of residential neighborhoods, commercial areas, and industrial zones within the city's urban sphere.

We are currently open to the public during normal business hours. Our team provides a variety of planning related services and encourage public participation in the land use process.

For general planning related questions, please email the Planning Division for fastest service, or call 408-846-0440 and leave a message. Alternatively, you can come into City Hall during our normal business hours.  

The following links may also be helpful:

Building & Safety Division 

Email Building Permit applications to PlanSubmittal@cityofgilroy.org

Business Licenses  

Email Business License applications to: UB@ci.gilroy.ca.us

Engineering Division 

For Engineering questions, email: EngineeringCounter@cityofgilroy.org

New Applications: Applications can be submitted via email to the Planning Division, or in person by bringing an electronic copy of all submittal items on a single USB drive. If submitting by email to the Planning Division, your application materials may either be attached to the email or shared through a file sharing service such as Box.com.  The Planning Technician will review the materials and let you know if anything is missing. Once all required materials are submitted, the Planning Technician will send you an invoice. Once the fees have been paid, a planner will be assigned to your project and your plans will be routed for a 30-day review by Planning, Building, Engineering, Fire, and other departments or outside agencies as appropriate.  

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

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

Responsibilities

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

  • Responding to public inquiries related to land-use and property development regulations
  • Providing solution-oriented customer service to support economic development opportunities whenever possible
  • Reviewing 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
  • Administering the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for environmental review related to planning and development proposals
  • Updating and maintaining the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • Providing staff support for Historic Heritage Committee and Planning Commission
  • Resolving land-use related violations through Code Enforcement

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