Community and Economic Development

UPDATE (05/04/20): In accordance with the County’s most recent Shelter in Place (SIP) Order issued on April 29, 2020, and pursuant to guidance from Contra Costa County Health Services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walnut Creek City Hall remains closed to the public through May 31, 2020.  Please check the COVID-19 Resource page for updates related to this temporary closure

The new SIP Order does allow all permit, construction, and inspection activities to resume effective Monday, May 4, 2020.  Please see the Building Division or Permit Center pages for more information!

The Community and Economic Development Department staff remain available by phone and e-mail during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm, if you have questions related to planning and zoning, housing programs, permitting and inspections, or other related inquiries.  Staff will endeavor to respond to you as quickly as circumstances allow.

Additional updated information regarding processes and programs during this time is available on the webpage for each of the Department’s divisions – see links below.  This message will be updated as new information becomes available.  Thank you.



The Community and Economic Development Department (CED) exists to enhance the community's safety, welfare, economic opportunities and quality of life.  The Department includes the following services:

  • Planning Division: Processes all development applications and oversees all design review approvals. It also drafts new City ordinances and prepares amendments to the Walnut Creek General Plan. For easy reference, a copy of the Planning and General Department fee schedule is provided.
  • Housing Division: Creates, preserves and improves a range of housing opportunities and supportive programs serving an economically diverse community.
  • Transportation Planning Division: Promotes and enhances transportation mobility and balanced parking within the community and provides leadership on regional transportation issues.
  • Building Division: Performs plan checks, issues Building Permits, and provides inspection services for building construction and electrical, plumbing and mechanical installations. The team also responds to complaints concerning building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical code compliance.
  • Code Enforcement Division: Handles nuisance abatement and code violation notifications and proceedings.

About Development in Walnut Creek

At the Permit Center, City staff from our Building, Planning, and Engineering divisions work together to ensure code compliance and enhance the quality of development projects throughout the community. The Permit Center is intended to answer frequently asked questions as well as provide comprehensive overviews of the development review, building permit review, and grading permit (site development) review processes to help you understand what is required at concept, construction, and completion. 

Want to know what's happening with development projects in Walnut Creek? The Development Projects webpage provides an interactive map of key development sites and FAQs about the impact of development on schools and services.

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