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.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Outdoor Seating in the Public Way
Updated June 4, 2020
Current Orders & Directives
On May 26, 2020, the Monterey County Health Officer updated the shelter-in-place order for Monterey County. Please review the revised order and the industry guidance for construction.
A Social Distancing Protocol (see Appendix A below) must be posted at every construction site and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees. A copy must also be provided to each employee performing work at the construction site.
The construction industry no longer needs to comply with the Construction Site Requirements set forth in the May 1, 2020 order, Appendix B; however, you must comply with the COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Construction (see Industry Guidance: Construction below).
City Hall remains CLOSED to the public. Permit
applications can be submitted electronically through the Building
Safety Division’s Electronic Permit
Prior Orders & Directives
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.
The Building Safety Division is responsible for permitting and inspection of construction projects within the City. The Carmel Municipal Code in Title 15 adopts the codes enumerated in the CA Code of Regulations, Title 24; including the CA Administrative, Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Energy, and Green Building Standards Codes.
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.