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

**Important Notices**

Development Services Center Open for Business


To help construction projects move forward in Fremont and provide an alternative to online services, the City’s Development Services Center is open to the public; however, staffing is limited. To use the Self-Help Center, visitors must schedule an appointment. For more information, please visit the City's Self-Help Center webpage. To enter the building, all visitors are required to fill out a COVID-19 Screening Form. If you plan to visit the Center, please fill out this form before you enter the building. This requirement is part of the City's efforts to implement safety protocols that help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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.

New Remote Procedures for Design Review Inspections


All new buildings, additions to buildings, and building site improvements require design review inspections by City staff. Design review inspections for buildings under construction are now being handled remotely using photographs provided by the project contractor. Applicants should send an email with their permit number, project address, and photographs. For more information, please contact design review staff at 510-494-4480 or by email.
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
Accela Citizen Access
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.