Welcome to the Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for two primary functions related to land use planning and development in Milpitas. Planning performs and coordinates the review of applications for existing and new uses, development projects (current planning) and assists the Planning Commission and City Council in planning for the City’s long term future (long-range planning). Planning is also responsible for maintaining the General Plan, the City’s two specific plans and the zoning ordinance, providing information on zoning, land use and development regulation to the public and staffing the Planning Commission.

The services and duties of the Planning Division are guided by several government codes, regulations, statutes, and other procedural documents, including but not limited to; Open Government Code, General Plan, Title XI – Zoning, Planning, and Annexation


In response to Santa Clara County’s Public Health Order, the Permit Center remains closed to public visitation. We are working remotely to continue important services. Thank you for your patience.

The following table shows how to contact us for a range of services. This table is subject to change

General Questions Email PlanningDepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov
Tree Removal Permits Email PlanningDepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov  with your plan sets and necessary information, use Tree Removal Permit Application to apply.
Planning Permits & Development Intake Email PlanningDepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov with your plan sets and necessary information.
Search the website  For resources such as forms checklist and application the Municipal Code, and major project updates.
Sign up for e-notifications   To get updates on topics, events, and projects that interest you.
Communicate with your project planner  All applications are assigned to a single planner who will guide you through the entire process, from the preliminary concept phase to building occupancy. Direct all communications to your assigned planner for an efficient response
Planning Fee Payment Pay online with a credit card, pay via e-check.

You will need the Permit/Project Number P-SD, MS, UPXX-XXXX)

Temporary Outdoor Businesses Registration and Guidelines

The City of Milpitas will allow the temporary use outdoor areas for business activities or small public gatherings consistent with the current Santa Clara County Health Order and the COVID-19 Industry Guidance issue by the State of California. Business owners must submit an application to register their outdoor business activities with the City of Milpitas. No fee will be charged for registration, and same-day approval will be possible for most applications.

Please submit completed applications to PlanningDepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov, and staff will contact the applicant if additional information is needed.

Temporary Outdoor Business Registration Form

Outdoor Dining Guidelines

Outdoor Personal Care Services Guidelines

Outdoor Gyms and Fitness Facilities Guidelines

Outdoor Gathering Guidelines

Sample Diagrams for Outdoor Dining Locations

Milpitas General Plan 2040

The Milpitas General Plan is a long-range planning document that is considered the City’s “constitution” or blueprint. Over the past four years, the City has been developing a new General Plan based on extensive input from community residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. The new Plan will be used to guide growth and development, traffic patterns, housing, and resources conservation over the next 20 years. Please visit the project website at www.milpitas.generalplan.org to review the new General Plan and to find out about upcoming meetings.

A copy of the Draft General Plan can be downloaded here (pdf).

Milpitas Metro Specific Plan

The Milpitas Transit Area Specific Plan is a plan for the redevelopment of an approximately 437-acre area in the southern portion of the City that currently includes a number of industrial uses near the Great Mall shopping center. Based on City Council direction, the Draft Preferred Plan currently proposes redevelopment of this area with 7,109 dwelling units, 993,843 square feet of office space, 340 hotel rooms and 287,075 square feet of retail space centered around the proposed Milpitas BART station and the VTA Light Rail system.

As of early 2019, the City has undertaken an effort to update the TASP to enrich the scope and character of development in the Specific Plan.  The updated document is called the Milpitas Metro Specific Plan (MMSP). With leadership and expertise from the City’s consultant, Urban Field Studio and their partners, the City is updating goals and strategies to reflect current and future needs for the next 20 years in the Plan area.  To follow the progress that has been made so far and is yet to come, please follow this link to the Metro Plan (www.milpitasmetro.org).

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Online Public Forum

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

Project Name                                               Hearing Date                        Environmental Documents

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Survey                       TBD                                        N/A

Stratford School – 125 N. Milpitas Blvd.         TBD                                        N/A

1000 Gibraltar Drive                                       02/01/2021                             NOTICE OF DRAFT EIR PUBLIC MEETING

The District – Lot 3 Amendment                     02/10/2021                             REVISED ADDENDUM