Departments & Services



The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea provides a number of services to the residents and visitors alike through its departments. Please see below for more information on each of the City’s departments or the City Directory to contact us.


Business License Applications

Small businesses are essential to our City’s economy. The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is here to make sure you have everything you need to succeed. Explore our content and resources to help you manage and do business in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. 


City Administrator

The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council and responsible for the enforcement of City laws and ordinances; ensuring that the orders of the City Council are executed; and for supporting Council, which includes the preparation of agendas and the maintenance of records.  


City Clerk

The City Clerk provides timely and accessible service in response to all inquiries and requests for public records and is responsible for the administration of elections, records management, and the legislative process, including: 


Community Activities

The Community Activities Department’s mission is to encourage and support the interaction of neighbors, friends, families and visitors through the shared experience of special events, programs, and gatherings which bring the community together by creating opportunities to interact, celebrate, enrich people’s lives, and promote inclusiveness. 


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.

To submit a permit application, please visit our permit application portal
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Police & Fire


The Police Department is responsible for law enforcement and crime prevention within the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and strives to maintain a high quality of life for all by supporting the rights of citizens and visitors to live in peace and safety.


Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for design, construction, operation and maintenance of improvements to public facilities, public rights-of-way, parks, urban forest, and Carmel Beach.

In the event of an emergency, please call 911.  For repair and maintenance concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at (831) 620-2070 to report the issue.

Messages will be checked and responded to Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

The following plans help guide our projects: