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 until further notice.  Please check the COVID-19 Resource page for updates related to this temporary closure

The Walnut Creek Planning Division continues to accept development applications (including Preliminary Review Team applications and requests for Zoning Compliance Letters) via USPS and electronically via email, provided those applications are also accompanied by payment.  Acceptable forms of payment include paper checks and credit cards.  (Note: City staff cannot accept credit card payments via email.)

Filing an application does not require an appointment with staff, though we recommend contacting the Duty Planner to coordinate your submittal, including the method of payment and submittal requirements.  Would-be applicants may contact the Duty Planner whose contact information is provided on the right-hand side of this page.  Staff will strive to respond to voicemail messages left on the Duty Planner line as quickly as circumstances allow.  Please note that return phone calls from the Duty Planner may appear as “Restricted Number” on the caller ID

The Community and Economic Development Department staff is 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, permitting inspections, or other related inquiries. Staff will endeavor to respond to you as quickly as circumstances allow. 

Please check the COVID-19 Resource page for updates related to this temporary closure.


Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for implementing City policies that direct the physical development of Walnut Creek. Planning serves as the point of entry for development proposals and provides assistance to architects, designers, developers, builders, and residents navigating the regulatory process. This process can include single family property owners as well as residential and commercial builders. On a daily basis, staff assists customers with permit processing and provides guidance on City policies related to environmental design. Staff also maintains and implements the General Plan, the City's long range blueprint and policy document.

Municipal Code Online

The Planning Division processes the following applications:
  • Design Review
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Rezoning / Planned Unit Developments
  • General Plan Amendments
  • Variances
  • Subdivisions of Land
  • Sign Review
  • Building Permit Review for compliance with Zoning
  • Temporary Activity Permits
  • Home-Based Business Permits