The Planning Department prepares, maintains, and implements the City’s General Plan, associated Specific Plans, and other planning and policy documents that guide the physical development of the community. Department staff assists residents, businesses, designers, developers, and architects to understand and follow the City’s policies and regulations for development, including the General Plan, the Main Street/Gateway Specific Plan, the Milpitas Metro Specific Plan, and the Zoning Ordinance.

The Department collaborates with other City departments to administer other development policies and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Department promotes informed decision-making by facilitating community and neighborhood meetings, as needed, and providing administrative support to the Planning Commission.

Planning Phone and Email Services

***Starting Monday, January 10, 2022, the Planning Department will be closed for all in-person services until further notice. The Planning Department will be responding to inquiries and processing permits remotely.  City staff strives to respond to all phone calls and emails as soon as possible. Your patience is much appreciated during the Public Counter closure period.  Please visit Permit Center and Inspection Services information flyer for more information.***

Call 408-586-3279 and ask to speak with a Planner. We are currently available by phone Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM; The “planner-on-duty” answers Planning, Zoning, Land Use, and Subdivision-related questions. Or email

Tools and Resources

Online Public Forum

The public is invited to submit comments or questions on any of the following projects:       

Project Name                                                                 Hearing Date                              Environmental Documents

Primrose Child Care – 1000 Jacklin Rd.                          TBA                                             N/A

New Multi-Family AHD – 1300 S Main St.                        2/1/22 City Council                     N/A

Public Hearing & Events

The public is invited to submit comments or questions on any of the following projects.

Click here to access the Planning Commission agenda and public hearing material.

Click here to access the City Council agenda and public hearing material.

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