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Building and Planning Department - Planning Division

Hillsborough Planning Division's strives to serve customers with professionalism and team-work, with an emphasis on front loading the design review process to avoid surprises and create the most efficient design review possible. We remain directly available to help the citizens of Hillsborough through each step of the process.

The Planning Division is responsible for Design Review, Zoning, Environmental Assessment and Long-Term Planning

  • Design Review - Design Review involves providing staff services to the Town’s Architecture and Design Review Board, processing design review applications, conducting public hearings, and implementing the Town’s Design Guidelines.

  • Zoning - Zoning includes the administration of the Town’s Title 17 - ZoningOrdinance and other development regulations of the Hillsborough Municipal Code and providing zoning information to homeowners and developers.

  • Environmental Assessment - Environmental Assessment involves the preparation of environmental documents as required for both private and Town projects consistent with provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act.

  • Long-Term Planning - Long-Term Planning involves the preparation, maintenance and implementation of the Town’s General Plan.

Always remember the Golden Rule:

Share your ideas and plans with neighbors early in the process and as changes are made.
Be sensitive to your impact on your neighbors with projects.
Enjoy the social and community benefits derived from sharing your plans and getting to know your neighbors better.

Online Project and Permitting Information Web Site

This website now provides you with access to project, planning, permit, inspection, contractors, licenses, plan checking, and land information using web-enabled screens and functions. This site will allow owners and applicants 24/7 access to review the status of their projects from the comfort of their home.


Planning Division Staff - The Planning staff includes Director of Building and Planning, Elizabeth Cullinan, AICP, Serena Nevarez, Associate Planner and Cynthia Richardson, Consulting Planner. Planning staff works closely with the staff of the Building Division.

Planning Department Organizational Chart

Your time is valuable.
Please take advantage of our personal appointment service prior to or for your next visit.

Architects and Designers should remember to obtain their business license in Hillsborough. Please see the following link for information:

The Town of Hillsborough 1600 Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 375-7400
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