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Planning Department

Department Info

Planning Department
540 Crespi Dr.
Pacifica, CA 94044
T: 650-738-7341
F: 650-359-5807

 Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
8:00 AM to 7:30 PM*
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

*Closed During Lunch
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Closed on Holidays

Department Staff 

Christian Murdock - Acting Planning Director

Bonny O'Connor - Senior Planner

Helen Gannon - Associate Planner

Jamie Mosler - Assistant Planner

Ranu Aggarwal- Contract Planner

 Rudy Pada  - Building Official

Bea Schaufelberger - Permit Technician

Jennifer Elizares - Permit Technician

Gwen White - Code Enforcement Officer

Joshua Montemayor - Management Analyst



City offices will be closed Monday July 4, 2022 in observance of the Independence Day Federal Holiday



At this time, the Planning Department will safely re-open with modifications to some in-person services at the Pacifica Community Center, located at 540 Crespi Drive. Masks are required for all visitors and social distancing is encouraged. Most of our services can still be accessed remotely, please click on "Virtual Planning Department Services" below. Thank you for your patience and understanding while the public health situation remains dynamic.

VIRTUAL CITY HALL - View services being offered virtually and remotely.

The Planning Department provides for the orderly growth, development and redevelopment of the City through the application and implementation of design guidelines and related policies and procedures including:

What We Do in the Planning Department

  • Lead state mandated environmental review for all development applications
  • Provide support and act as the liaison to the Planning Commission and other City committees
  • Review and analyze applications for Planning Permits including Site Development Permits, Use Permits, and Sign Permits
  • Issue building permits and enforce compliance with applicable codes and regulations
  • Conduct code enforcement functions

Quick Links

Looking for something else? Scroll down to view other major work plans and policies managed by the Planning Department. Any questions about the Planning Department or a project may be directed to (650)-738-7341 or permittech@pacifica.gov.

Planning Commission & Notice of Public Hearings:

Archived Public Hearing Notice - view an archive of past Planning Commission Meeting Notices.

Planning Commission Resolutions - view an archive of adopted Planning Commission Resolutions.

Housing Element 2023 - 2031:

The Housing Element provides an analysis of the community's housing needs for all income levels, and strategies to provide for those housing needs.  The housing element must be updated every eight years. 

The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) will determine Pacifica's fair share of the regional housing need. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is charged with developing the methodology to allocate regional housing unit needs. The Final RHNA Allocation Report for the San Francisco Bay Area was approved by California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in January 2022. Pacifica's allocation for the 2023-2031 RHNA cycle is 1,892 housing units (compared to 413 units in the current cycle). 

Learn more about housing elements and RHNA here 

Current Planning:

Sea Level Rise & Landslide Preparedness:

Second Units:

One Stop Shop Program - Interested in building a second unit (Accessory Dwelling Unit/ADU)? Through a partnership with 21 Elements and Home for All, a Second Unit Resource Center has been created with a very helpful step-by-step workbook for homeowners. These workbook takes homeowners from vision to permitting to what to know when becoming a landlord for the first time. Type your address into the Symbium Tool to learn more about building an ADU on your property.

 Junior ADU Deed Restriction Form

Climate Action Plan:

 Climate Action Plan - Read about the status of the and ways to contribute.

Quarry Site:

Quarry Reclamation Project - An application was submitted by Bayland Soil Pacifica LLC.

General Plan Links:

Useful Links & Documents: