Planning Division

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The Planning Division, within the Community Development Department, is responsible for:
  • Assisting City Council with planning for the City's future development
  • Reviewing proposed development projects for conformance with the City's adopted policies and ordinances
  • Maintaining and implementing the City's General Plan
  • Providing information to the public about planning, zoning, planning permits, and landscape architecture requirements
  • Providing staff for the Planning Commission, Historical Architectural Review Board, and Art Review Board
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**Important Notices**

New Operating Schedule for Development Services Center


The City continues to enhance access to online services to make it easier and more convenient for the public. As the use of online services increases, the City anticipates that the need for in-person services may begin to decrease. As a result, the City is implementing a pilot plan for reopening the Development Services Center. The plan is outlined below and subject to change. Any updates will be available at Fremont.gov/DSC.

The City's Development Services Center, located at 39550 Liberty Street, has reopened with a new operating schedule. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the Center will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the Center will be closed while staff focuses on processing online submittals for permits. City staff from the different divisions within the Center will be available by phone or email to provide assistance. View a list of contact information. All visitors will be required to wear a face mask, even if they are fully vaccinated.

As previously noted, while the City is pleased to restore in-person services, those needing building, planning or engineering permits also have the option of utilizing online permit services.

Online Permits and Payments Using Citizen Access

The City has implemented an online submittal process for all new permit requests using the City's Citizen Access portal. The online submittal process should be used for all new permit requests including planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permits, and engineering permits. This includes building permits for basic home upgrade projects like water heater replacements, roof replacements, and minor kitchen/bathroom remodels. The City is also accepting online payments for permit fees through Citizen AccessFor more information, please visit the City's Online Permits webpage.

Electronic Plan Review 


The City is now using Electronic Plan Review (ePR) for planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permits, and engineering permitsWhen requesting one of these types of permits, applicants are able to use the City’s online permitting portal, Citizen Access, to submit their project plans and connect with City staff on the review process. The new process eliminates the need for applicants to provide resource-intensive paper plans and documents and allows for a more efficient and transparent permit processing system. For more information, please visit the City's ePR webpage
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Planning Permits
Find information about Planning permits and download the Universal Planning Application Form

Boards and Commissions
Find information about the Art Review Board, Historical Architectural Review Board, Planning Commission, Sustainability Commission, and Zoning Administrator

Development Activity
Learn about citywide development projects, including those in the City's Priority Development Areas

Environmental Review
Learn about the environmental review process and find environmental documents prepared for specific projects

Maps
Find maps with information about zoning, land use, development activity, and more

Plans and Guidelines

Residential Projects and Resources
Find the resources you need to complete your residential project

Zoning
Learn about residential, commercial, and industrial zoning district
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Civic Insight
Check out Citizen Access, the City of Fremont’s online tool
  • Submit a pre-application for a new permit request.
  • Pay permit fees.
  • Look up permitting information on a specific property.
  • Check on the status of a permit.
  • Request a building inspection.
  • Submit a concern to Code Enforcement.
  • To get started, visit
    Fremont.gov/CitizenAccess.
Introducing Civic Insight, the City's new interactive map that plots major development (vertical construction) permit activity citywide over the past 10 years. To get started, visit Fremont.gov/CivicInsight. For minor permit activity (e.g., solar, home occupation, encroachment permits), use Citizen Access.