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Planning Forms & Resources

The Mill Valley Municipal Code provides for stringent regulation of the use and improvement of land, buildings and other structures to best protect our city's natural beauty and special character.  Forms, handouts and guidelines are developed based on the City's General Plan and Municipal Code, and are outlined below. 

Environmental Review Documents for Recently Approved Planning Projects

Mill Valley Lumber Yard: Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and the Mill Valley Lumber Yard Project Application materials  (Approved July 18, 2016)
Redwood Lodge: Redwood Lodge Project (160, 144, 178 Corte Madera, 9 Eldridge Ave)  (Approved July 18, 2016)

Planning Resources

Key Information

Frequently Asked Questions ; Commonly Used Terms ;

Do you live in City Limits? Some Mill Valley addresses (such as those in Strawberry, Tam Valley, Homestead, Almonte and Alto) are actually in unincorporated portions of Marin County -- out of our jurisdiction. Check your street address here to find out.

General Plan The General Plan provides policy guidance on housing, land use, conservation, safety, natural hazards and transportation. This document helps guide the type of development that the City desires, where it should be located and how it should be regulated.  Click here for the General Plan's Land Use Map and Allowable Density.
Municipal Code/ Zoning Code Link to Municipal Code - See Title 20 for Development Standards & Permitted Uses;
Basic Zoning Information for RS (Single-Family) Zones; Multi-Family, Downtown Residential, and Mixed-Use Development Standards (see Chapter 3); Parking Standards Diagram 
Zoning Map The Zoning Map (PDF) specifies the types of land use that are allowed and prohibited for each zone; Parcels in Historic OverlayParcels identified by the Historic Society with Potential Historic Resources. Once you have determined the zoning for a property, see Title 20 of the Municipal Code for development standards, uses, and other regulations for each zoning district.
GIS/Mapping Go to to search a parcel.  Zoning, Land Use, and Floodplain Information can be added to view in association with parcels.  Click here for Parcel Maps
Fees Fee schedule
Floodplain Management If your are conducting work on a property within the floodplain, please click here for more information.  Click here for the Substantial Improvement Worksheet.
Construction Management Plans The City of Mill Valley requires many builders and developers to prepare a Construction Management Plan (CMP) that takes into account all relevant aspects of building or demolition work. Please download the City of Mill Valley Construction Management Plan Guidelines for more information.

Planning Forms

Primary Application Materials & Information
Main Application

Main Planning Application Form

Application Checklist Design Review Application Checklist
Development Standards

See Title 20 of the Municipal Code, organized by zoning district; or download Basic Zoning Information for RS (Single-Family) Zones; Multi-Family, Downtown Residential, and Mixed-Use Development Standards (Chapter 3)

Design Guidelines Single Family: Residential Design Guidelines (Revised September 2016)
Multi-Family/Mixed Use: Final Multi-Family/Mixed Use Guidelines (Adopted 2016, See Chapter 4)
Supporting Information
Floor Area Worksheet    Adjusted Floor Area Worksheet
Study Session Requirements Study Session Requirements 
Story Pole Certification Story Pole Certification Form
Green Building Green Building Requirements
Supporting Applications
New Address Request for Change of Address
Second Units Second Unit Permit
Tree Removal Tree Removal Permits; Tree Permit Application/Guide to Tree Regulations (for public tree removal, please contact Parks Department).
Fences Fence Permit / Guide to Fence Regulations
Use Conditional Use Permit
Variance Variance Application
Signage Sign Permit
Outdoor Dining & Display Outdoor Dining Permit / Outdoor Display Permit
Subdivision, Lot Line Adjustments and Merger See Title 21 of the City's Municipal Code for Subdivision requirements. 
Lot Line Adjustment; Notice of Merger 
Tentative Maps

Tentative Tract Map ; Tentative Parcel Map

Fire Prevention Landscape Fire Prevention Landscape Requirements Link
Other Permits Click here for road closure, encroachment, sewer connection, grading, watercourse modification permits.

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Last updated: 11/28/2016 9:54:49 AM