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Planning Division

Community Development Department

The Planning Division is open for business.  Masks are mandatory for all staff and visitors in accordance with San Mateo County Health Orders.  Visitors will be asked to maintain social distancing of 6 feet. The Planning Division is open Monday through Friday as follows:

Walk-ins:  8 am - 12 pm
Appointments: 1 pm - 5 pm

Holiday Closures:  
City Hall will be closed Thursday, December 23rd and Friday, December 24th. Similarly,  we will be closed Thursday, December 30th and Friday, December 31st. 


New!  Online Booking Service

Have a zoning question or are interested in building on a property? 
You are now able to make an appointment to meet with Planning Division staff in person
or via Zoom.  Check appointment availability and book an appointment online by clicking on the button below.

Book Now

You may also contact the Planning Division with your questions by phone at 650-558-7250.  Phone calls are answered Monday through Friday from 8 am – 12 pm.  At all other times, you may leave a message and staff will return your call. We endeavor to return emails and calls within one business day.

Please do not use the "Book Now" button above to submit a new application (see below for information on submitting a new application).

New Application Submittals: To schedule a day/time to drop off your submittal, please send an email to planningdept@burlingame.org or phone 650-558-7250.  Please note that electronic submittals are not being accepted at this time.


The Planning Division is responsible for maintaining the City's General Plan and various Specific Plans, and for maintaining, updating, and administering the City's zoning regulations and sign regulations that implement the policies outlined in these adopted plans.  The zoning regulations contain the specific regulations that inform the design and construction of new development and additions to existing structures, including height limits, floor area ratio, parking requirements, lot coverage, property line setbacks, as well as outlining design review processes for various types of projects when required.

The information on this website should serve as a general guide.  Please contact the Planning Division at 650-558-7250 or planningdept@burlingame.org to confirm and clarify information provided here and to receive updates.

The Planning Division is a division of the Community Development Department.

Ruben Hurin

Planning Manager

Phone 650-558-7250

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