If you’d like, please make an appointment for a virtual meeting by visiting the building department HERE or planning department HERE to book your preferred date.

We are happy to assist you either virtually, via phone or in person in our remodeled offices.





Our Planning Division is a full-service team. We cover long range planning where we facilitate community efforts to craft a future vision of Petaluma or specific areas of the City. We also review development proposals, ensuring that proposed projects comply with Petaluma’s long term vision and regulatory standards. We also make sure that development respects the City’s historic and cultural heritage, and/or contribute the City’s growing collection of public artwork. And finally, we provide environmental review services ensuring that both development entitlements and the City’s visionary plans adhere to the standards of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The scope of our work requires multi-disciplinary collaboration with a number of professionals, as well as working with YOU - our public! Our team also staffs the Planning Commission, Historic and Cultural Preservation Committee, and Public Art Committee. Please take a moment to check out their upcoming meeting agenda. City planning is an open and engaging process, so we hope we’ll hear from you soon!

Please check out the information on our site and let us know if you have questions. We take inquiries by email and phone (staffed 8 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Thursday), offer video appointments, and have an information counter open 10 am to 3 pm at City Hall, Monday through Thursday. Masks and social distancing are currently recommended when you visit our planning counter. We’re excited to hear your ideas and look forward to working with you to plan for Petaluma’s future!

Andrew TrippelPlanning Manager Andrew Trippel is an Urban Planner with experience in crafting strategic policy directions for community revitalization, sustainability, and healthy communities planning efforts and development review. He has 15+ years experience working at both local and regional levels, including with the City of Santa Rosa. Guiding Andrew’s professional work is his commitment to being creative, innovative, inclusive, responsive, and enduring in all aspects of his Planning work.

"Planning Division team members strive to be accessible to everyone and support on-going efforts to advance Petaluma as a sustainable, thriving community. Our team’s approach is to apply clear and straight-forward land use policies and programs so that everyone can participate in Planning processes."

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Planning Division
Planning Division
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Staffing Hours: 8am - 5pm
Monday through Thursday
Closed every Friday

Open Counter Hours: 10am - 3 pm
Monday through Thursday

Limited Counter Service: 9am - 10am ; 3pm - 4pm
Monday through Thursday

Whether you're looking to start a new business, curious about what's going on with the project down the block, or have your own visions on how to develop your property - we're here to help! Call us, send us an e-mail or visit us at our public information counter. We'll be happy to help direct you to the information that you need.

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