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COVID-19 PROCEDURE: The Community Development Department will adhere to a remote access protocol and is closed to interpersonal public contact effective July 10, 2020. To continue the provision of services while protecting the health of customers and employees staff will work remotely to process your permits and conduct plan review. Inspections will continue on construction.

Please view our Remote Procedures document. These have been updated as of August 21, 2020, to adhere with the latest shelter-in-place order. Appendices to the Order can be found here.

Visit the COVID-19 page for additional updates, information and resources.


The Community Development Department is excited to announce that members of the public, contractors, and other interested parties can now search building permits (including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, re-roof permits), street opening and encroachment permits, Residential Zoning Records Reports (RZRRs), and tree permits online through City website from the comfort of their home/office. Contractors and owner-builders are also now able to schedule inspections online.

Please be advised that some records available through these databases may not be up to date or complete. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Building Division at (831) 648-3191 or

To look up building and encroachment permits, or schedule inspections, please visit our Building Page.

To apply for an RZRR application go to

To look up tree permits, visit the Forestry Page.

The City is also working to make online payments and permitting available through the website for select permits. An update will be provided once this has been implemented.


The Community Development Department works in partnership with the community to protect the beauty, sustainability, economic vitality and environmental integrity of Pacific Grove. The department is committed to consistently pursuing high quality and structurally-sound development that is in line with the City’s land use and design goals. Further, the department strives to preserve the existing housing stock and support new affordable housing to help meet the housing needs of Pacific Grove residents.

The Community Development Department is comprised of the following divisions and programs:


The Economic Development and Short-Term Rental Program have been moved, and can be found under the "Doing Business" menu.

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