Community Design Guidelines

The Community Design Guidelines are intended to provide design professionals, property owners, developers, and citizens-at-large with a clear and common understanding of the City’s expectations regarding the aesthetics and functionality of development proposals in Grass Valley.

Building Application Processing

  1. OVER-THE-COUNTER BUILDING PERMITS - Permits requiring no plan check (i.e. Sewer backflow prevention devices; heater change outs; electrical service upgrades; reroof) are issued daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Planning Staff

The Planning Division provides information on land use, zoning and development standards.  Applications are processed for land use permits and land divisions. The Planning Division also performs long-range planning activities, including the implementation of the City's General Plan.

The Planning Division is one of 3 divisions of the Community Development Department and is located in City Hall at the City of Grass Valley.

Planning Department Contact Information:

Planned Unit Development - PUD

Please complete the Universal Planning Application Form (to be used on all Planning Applications) along with the items included in this packet:

Contact the Planning Department regarding this type of entitlement:  530-274-4330

Building Division Overview

The purpose of the Building Division is to enforce the minimum requirements of the California Building codes; to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment; and to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

Planning Division Overview

The Planning Department develops and applies land use policies.  It is one of 3 departments within the Community Development Department supervised by the Community Development Director responsible for overseeing and guiding development activities in the City of Grass Valley.

Major activities include:

Community Development Overview

Community Development Staff Directory >

The Community Development Department is comprised of 3 departments which are responsible for overseeing and guiding development activities in the City of Grass Valley.

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