Planning Department

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Welcome to the City of Orinda Planning Department

The City of Orinda Planning Department's Mission Statement - maintain and enhance the semi-rural residential character and the downtown village character of Orinda through responsive and solution oriented services to all segments of the community. We look forward to serving you!
The Planning Department provides professional and personalized service relative to the overall physical development of Orinda, consistent with the:
The Department strives for a permit process that is efficient and fair for applicants, and is consistent with community land use standards.

Responsibilities & Services

The Planning Department is responsible for the implementation of the City's General Plan and Development Code. The Department is also responsible for managing all land use entitlements in accordance with the Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and State Planning and Zoning laws.

The Planning Department services include:
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • General Plan/Development Code Amendments
  • Preparation of Initial Studies and EIR's
  • Site Plan Review
  • Subdivisions
  • Zoning Code Enforcement

Building Plan Check & Inspection

Building plan check and inspection services are provided through the Contra Costa County Community Department of Conservation and Development, located at:

Lamorinda Building Inspection Office
3685 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Suite 120
Lafayette, CA 94549

Phone: 925-299-0263
Fax: 925-299-0134


Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You may visit their website at: Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development.