COVID-19 UPDATE: The City of Walnut Creek is coordinating with Contra Costa Health Services, the local public health authority, on the developing COVID-19 pandemic. For local information, updates and resources about COVID-19 visit

Pursuant to guidance from Contra Costa County Health Services, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Walnut Creek City Hall is closed to the public until further notice.

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 City of Walnut Creek website at for updates related to this temporary closure.  This message will be updated as new information becomes available.  Thank you.


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