Planning Applications

During the term of the Shelter-In-Place (SIP) orders the Town will be only accepting applications in electronic format. 

Please follow the instructions below to submit your application to the appropriate staff member

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Administrative-Level Applications (Non-ADU)

Administrative level applications are for projects which which can be approved directly by Town staff.  These projects include:

  • Fences, Walls & Gates & Columns
  • Landscape Design Review (not associated with a project requiring ADRB review)
  • Tree Removal (applies to trees with a total diameter of 36’’ or more and tree groves)
  • Film Permit Applications
  • Variance Applications
  • Minor & Major Architectural Design Review
    • Minor: Additions less 400 sq. ft. with no changes to architectural style/exterior materials
    • Major: Additions greater than 400 sq. ft. and/or changes to architectural style/exterior materials 

Please send all inquiries related to submittal of Administrative Level Applications to crichardson@hillsborough.net .

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Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Applications

Review of ADU applications must adhere to specific State-mandated rules and requirements.  

Please send all inquiries related to Accessory Dwelling Unit Applications to kpaulauskaite@hillsborough.net .

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Architecture & Design Review Board (ADRB)-Level Applications

ADRB Level Applications are larger, more in-depth applications which require review from the Town’s Architecture and Design Review Board.  ADRB Level Applications include the following project types:

  • Preliminary Design Review
    • New Houses
    • Substantial Remodels that constitute a “tear down” and/or involve an architectural style change
  • Formal Design Review
    • Additions over 500 sq. ft.
    • Second story additions of any size that are visible from the public right-of-way
    • New Houses (must receive preliminary review by the ADRB prior to Formal review)
  • New Subdivisions
  • Landscaping Projects (only for projects associated with ADRB Level Applications) 
  • New Tennis Courts

More information on the ADRB may be found here: https://www.hillsborough.net/243/Architecture-Design-Review-Board 

Please send all inquiries related to submittal of ADRB Level Applications to nmartin@hillsborough.net

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Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) Applications

Applications must be made with the appropriate department, depending on where the WCF is proposed to be located.

  • If on Private or Town-Owned Property: Building & Planning Department
    • An appointment with a Planner is required prior to application submittal for projects on private or Town-owned property.  Please call (650) 375.7422 for more information.
  • If on Public Right-of-Way (PROW): Public Works Department
    • An appointment with staff from the Public Works department is required prior to application submittal for projects in the PROW.  Please call (650) 375.7444 for more information.

The Town's application form and 2019 Design Standards may be found below:

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Accessory Dwelling Unit Application Form

Variance Application

Planning Fee Schedule (Effective July 1, 2020)