Boards & Commissions

Carmel-by-the-Sea Department of Community Planning and Building

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission (PC) consists of five citizen members appointed by the City Council and is the designated planning agency of the City.   The PC generally meets the second Wednesday of each month in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings begin at 4:00 p.m. The PC’s primary responsibilities include:

Duties and Powers of the Planning Commission from Municipal Code Section 17.52.060.

  • To approve all administrative permits issued pursuant to this title.
  • To determine the applicable land use classification(s) of existing and proposed uses.
  • To issue business licenses.
  • To approve a change in use, provided the proposed use is permitted without condition.
  • To determine applicable categories for the processing of development applications including whether a project is subject to requirements for development permits, and if so, whether the permit is appealable to the Coastal Commission. The Director’s determination of coastal development permit category may be appealed in compliance with Chapter 17.54 CMC, Appeals, and California Code of Regulations Section 13569.
  • To approve the merger or consolidation of lots or lots and lot fragments pursuant to CMC 17.10.040(B), Lot Mergers.
  • To make environmental determinations regarding the use of exemptions and whether environmental review is required for discretionary permits.
  • To administer Carmel-by-the-Sea’s water management program.
  • To review public works projects for consistency with Carmel-by-the-Sea’s General Plan and Local Coastal Program.
  • To ensure that development is executed and completed according to the approved plans and that all permit conditions and mitigations are fully implemented and carried out in a timely manner.
  • To ensure that public notice requirements are met for deliberation on all administrative permits and all permits to be issued by the Historic Resources Board or the Planning Commission.
  • To refer any decision to an appropriate higher level, including the Historic Resources Board, the Planning Commission, or the City Council.
  • To act on coastal development permit application.
  • To issue emergency coastal permits in compliance with CMC 17.52.180. (Amended during 8/09 update; Ord. 2004-02 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2004-01 § 1, 2004).
Historic Resources Board

The Historic Resources Board (HRB) consists of five citizen members appointed by the City Council. The HRB generally meets the third Monday of each month in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings begin at 4:00 p.m. The HRB’s primary responsibilities include:

  • To administer the City’s Historic Preservation Program;
  • To review projects involving historic properties and determine consistency with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.;
  • To review appeals of historic designations;
  • To advise the Planning Commission and City Council on updates to the Historic Context Statement.

For more information, contact the Department of Community Planning and Building (831-620-2010).