Planning Department


The Planning Department implements land use policies and guides development activities in the City of Grass Valley. Planning identifies the appropriate review authority and issues permits related to land use approval, zoning and development projects.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 530/274-4330  |  Email: 

Click Here to review the status of current planning project applications. Click “Search” at the bottom of the page after clicking on the link provided here to view the applications.


Commercial Cannabis Businesses

The City is accepting Commercial Cannabis Business (CCB) Screening Applications beginning May 12th, 2021 through August 12, 2021 

Please be advised there will be no preferential treatment for applications submitted prior to the August  12th, 2021 deadline. The City will be reviewing all submitted applications for completeness – applicants will be notified if more information is needed or missing.

CCB Screening Application Information

CCB Applicant/Owner Information

CCB Application Review Criteria (for reference only)

Ordinance No. 806 (Commercial Cannabis Activities)  (for reference only)


Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines are intended to provide design professionals, property owners, developers, and citizens with a clear and common understanding of the City’s expectations regarding the aesthetics and functionality of commercial and residential development projects.


General Plan & Housing Element

The General Plan is a comprehensive plan for growth and development in the City of Grass Valley and the surrounding unincorporated area. Together, the City and surrounding unincorporated area are termed the Planning Area.


Historic District & Design Guidelines

The Historic Design Review Guidelines are intended to supplement the City of Grass Valley’s existing general plan guidelines. They are a tool for both the public and the City to make informed decisions regarding additions, alterations, infill, and other similar types of changes to historically significant residential and commercial buildings within Grass Valley’s Historic 1872 Townsite.  


Specific Plans

A specific plan is a document designed to implement the goals and policies of the General Plan. These plans contain detailed development standards, distribution of land uses, infrastructure requirements, and implementation measures for the development of specific areas in the City.


Strategic Plans

Strategic Plans provide a comprehensive framework that ensure priorities set by the City Council are clear to City employees, and the City is held accountable for meeting the community’s needs. Goals are laid out that respond to priorities and objectives are achieved to meet the goals.