Welcome to the Planning Division of the Community Development Department.  Its primary function is to guide private development in accordance with State law and the City’s adopted development programs.  Major tasks include the implementation and administration of land use and development policies and regulations; assisting residents, developers, and real estate professionals with land use questions and procedures; and conducting development-related environmental review.  The Planning Division is comprised of two sections: Advance Planning and Development Review.  

Planning Division Core Services

Advance Planning Section

  • Providing, in collaboration with decision-makers and the community, legally adequate plans and regulations
  • Developing and updating the General Plan, specific plans, the Sign Ordinance, and the Zoning Ordinance
  • Maintaining census and demographic data
  • Completing State-mandated annual housing reports
  • Maintaining development and approval databases

Development Review Section

  • Processing development applications
  • Conducting CEQA-related environmental evaluations
  • Responding to public inquiries regarding development and the City’s review processes
  • Reviewing business licenses and building permits
  • Implementing the City’s cultural heritage work program

Other Services

  • Providing liaison support to the Planning Commission and Cultural Heritage Commission
  • Coordinating with outside agencies such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, County of Napa, Napa Sanitation District, and Napa Valley Transportation Authority

Planning Division Office

Community Services Building
1600 First Street
Napa, CA 94559

Phone: 707.257.9530
Fax: 707.257.9522

Counter Hours: Monday through Friday – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Planning Division Links

Contact Information – Planning Division team contacts
Applications – download applications and submittal checklists 
Library – download documents such as the General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan 
Zoning & Project Information – look-up General Plan, Zoning, and permit history of a property

Major Projects

Housing Element Update

Napa Oaks II

Vista Tulocay Apartments