Planning Department

The Planning Department provides professional and personalized service relative to the overall physical development of Orinda, consistent with the General Plan & Housing Element, adopted policies and guidelines. 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.


Book an appointment with Orinda Planning  using Setmore Opens in new windowSchedule a 30-minute appointment to speak with a planner:
  • Online (Zoom) Appointment - Best for questions that include review of project plans or documents.
  • Phone Appointment - For questions that don't include review of project plans or documents.
  • In-Person Appointment - For questions you would prefer to ask in person at City Hall.
  • In-Person Plan Check - For review and Planning approval of building permits. Do not submit your application online through the Application Submittal Portal if you schedule an appointment for in-person plan check. 

You may also send your questions to the Planning Department by emailing or calling (925) 253-4210.


Applications shall be submitted online through the Application Submittal Portal hereSubmittals by email are not accepted. A limited number of in-person building permit plan checks are available by appointment only. Schedule an in-person plan check by clicking the "book now" button above.

Application Status - Submittals will be processed in the order they are received. In-person plan checks will be processed during your scheduled appointment. Please allow at least 2 weeks before contacting the Planning Department for a status update. You may email or call (925) 253-4210 for a status update.

Building Permits & Inspections

Building plan check and inspection services are provided through the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development. See the Building Permits page for more information.

Contra Costa County - Department of Conservation and Development Permit Center

30 Muir Road

Martinez, CA 94553

(925) 655-2700

Contra Costa County Resources