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Some of these applications can be filled in electronically, however they are not intended for electronic submittal.  Some of the applications require other paperwork and fees, please contact a Planner at 899-8989 or come in during our public counter hours. View public counter hours here.


Planning Application

Many proposed development projects or new businesses require some level of “discretionary review,” meaning they are subject to public notice to neighbors and a public hearing. In these instances, prior to submitting an application for a building permit, an applicant is required to complete this form and proceed through the public review process to receive a Use Permit, Design Review Permit, Subdivision or other entitlement.

Click here to access the Application for Zoning / Planning Action.

Cost Recovery Agreement

When a project requires a deposit rather than a fixed fee to be submitted with the application, a “Cost Recovery Agreement Form” must be submitted with the application and fee deposit.  This agreement requires the applicant to be responsible for all costs incurred during the City’s processing of their application(s).

Click here to access the Cost Recovery Agreement.

Home Occupation Permit

A Home Occupation Permit is issued by the City to allow residents the opportunity to conduct a business out of their home, provided the use is clearly incidental or secondary to the use of the home for residential purposes and does not intrude upon the residential character of the neighborhood.

Click here to access the Home Occupation Permit.

Fee Schedule

Planning fees are required for a variety of development projects in Novato. Planning fees are generally based on the type and complexities of a project.  Some applications are “fixed fee” in nature, while others are “deposits” from which actual staff processing time and costs are subtracted. In the case of “deposits”, a partial refund may be issued, or additional fees required, depending on the City’s actual costs expended in processing the application. Please ask Planning Staff to assist you with the calculation of actual filing fees.

Click here to access the Fee Schedule

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