The Planning division develops and implements policy documents that guide land use in El Cerrito. The documents include but are not limited to the General Plan, the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, the Climate Action Plan and the Strategic Plan, as well as applicable sections of the municipal code. The staff also reviews development projects submitted to the city to ensure compliance with these policy documents.

Below are some helpful links for more information:

Forms, Checklists, Frequently Asked Questions and Fees

Start here for to get started on new planning projects: Application Forms, Submittal Checklists and Information Sheets

Major Projects

Projects that have a high degree of community interest:
Major Projects

Commonly Used Development Documents

One stop shop for the General Plan, San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, the Zoning Ordinance and interactive Zoning Map:
Codes, Plans and Regulations

Environmental Documents

The page includes documents prepared for policy documents and current development projects that may be of community interest: Environmental (CEQA) Documents
The Planning Division also serves as staff liaison for these two appointed bodies of the city:

Planning Commission
Design Review Board