Community Planning and Building


Community Planning & Building

The Community Planning and Building Department includes the Planning, Building and Code Compliance Divisions and is responsible for preserving community character while fostering a vibrant community and a high quality of life for its residents, businesses and visitors.

The Community Planning and Building Department operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Applications are accepted until 4:00 p.m. daily.

Strategic Plan

The Community Planning and Building Department recently completed a departmental Strategic Plan. The Plan identifies the Values, Vision and Mission of the Department as well as Goals and Objectives to guide the Department over the next 3 years.

Community Planning & Building Strategic Plan


Code Compliance Division

Carmel-by-the-Sea is internationally recognized as a unique small coastal community with a distinctive residential village character. The Code Compliance Division ensures compliance with the Carmel Municipal Code and provides public education and outreach on existing laws as well as resolving code violations. 


Planning Division

The Planning Division processes current development applications, maintains the General Plan and Local Coastal Program, and ensures that capital programs, zoning and other activities of the City are consistent with the goals and policies of the General Plan.