Planning and Development

COVID-19 Notice:

The safety and health of our community is important to us.  As such, we are taking the concerns associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation.

We are following the advice of the Fresno County Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on steps to prevent the spread of the virus.  We have increased cleaning practices at our front counter to support a healthy and safe environment for our customers who choose to come to City Hall to conduct business.

We would like to encourage customers to use the FAASTER portal to submit and monitor project review status.  City staff is available to assist you in setting up an account if you do not have one or accessing information in your account.

We will continue to actively review the direction provided by the Fresno County Department of Health and by the CDC and will update you on the actions we are taking.

Thank you for your commitment to investment in the City of Fresno.

NEED IN-PERSON ASSISTANCE? Try the new QLess Scheduling.

The Current Planning and Building and Safety divisions are now accepting appointments for simple project types.

Effective Monday, June 28, appointments are available Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Schedule an Appointment Here

Follow this How-To Guide to get started. If you have any questions regarding the QLess System please contact Building and Safety Services at (559) 621-8082 or Development Services at (559) 621-8032.

Currently accepting appointments for:

Building & Safety Planning
All Permit Types
General Information
General Zoning Inquiries
General Application Process Inquiries
Public Document Review
Application Submittal Assistance
Zone Clearance Submittal

Planning and Development focuses on both public and private property development throughout the city, as well as the sustainable management of our land and water resources and public infrastructure.

Key Initiatives:

Emergency Policy Regarding Outdoor Business Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the Covid-19 Pandemic Emergency, the City of Fresno Planning and Development Department is adopting this policy applicable to non-restaurant businesses which are unable to operate at full capacity within indoor premises for an extended period of time, to temporarily utilize outdoor areas on private property in order to accommodate and retain patronage while ensuring compliance with CDC recommendations for distancing and provide protections to the public to reduce the spread of the virus. Read the Emergency Policy Regarding Outdoor Business Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency.

Emergency Ordinance Regarding Outdoor Dining During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 21, 2020, the Council of the City of Fresno adopted emergency Ordinance No. 2020-020 to assist restaurant businesses that are unable to operate at full indoor capacity due to Covid-19. Under this Ordinance, restaurants may temporarily set up outdoor dining in parking lots and common areas of shopping centers in order to remain open while ensuring compliance with CDC recommendations for distancing. Read the Emergency Ordinance Regarding Outdoor Dining During the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency.

Master Fee Schedule Study

The Master Fee Schedule (MFS) Resolution reports fees for services that are provided to our citizens. The Planning and Development Department has worked continuously with consultants from NBS Government Finance Group, Inc. to study and analyze the City’s current development fees and the time required to process development applications. The following report is the culmination of the analyses and proposes updates to the Master Fee Schedule.

User Fee Analysis

Planning and Development Process

The City of Fresno has developed Business-Friendly Fresno to establish accountability, clear protocols, and authority for decision-making that align with the General Plan, Development Code, and pre-zoning. Improved technology, customer service, and continuous improvement through training and staff development will help us keep the commitment to our standards, to honor developers’ time and budgets, and to work together to “get to yes.”

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Restore Fresno
Restore Fresno is a compilation of the City of Fresno’s FY2016 initiatives to improve property values, living conditions, public safety and the overall quality of life in our established neighborhoods.

Restore Fresno Report