Community Development

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Marc Castagnola, AICP, Director of Community Development
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Effective July 6, 2020, the Community Development Department is open Monday - Thursday by appointment only. Click here or call 626-570-5034 to make an appointment.
Other departments within City Hall and the Utilities Customer Service Center are open from 7:00 am - 12 pm, Monday - Thursday. Afternoon meetings are available by appointments only, please call 626-570-5007.
Please note: street sweeping and overnight parking enforcement have resumed effective May 16, 2020. Due to the countywide curfew, overnight parking enforcement was suspended for a few days in early June, however overnight parking enforcement resumed on June 4, 2020.

While City facilities will be back open, residents are encouraged to conduct their businesses through the city’s website, over the phone, or by mail to minimize gatherings. 

Community Development Department

·        For Building plan check information and submittals, please visit this online portal or check the City’s webpage:

·       For Planning Division information and submittals, please visit the Planning Division webpage:

·        For information on how to open a new busines, change ownership of a business, or change the name of a business, please visit the Economic Development webpage at

Building and Planning Appointments:

Meetings with staff are now available Monday through Thursday for 30 minute intervals. To make an appointment to speak to Building and/or Planning, click on the City of Alhambra Appointment Calendar below. In-person meetings will take place at the Building and Planning counter located in the Community Development Department within City Hall. Zoom meetings are available upon request. If you would prefer to meet via Zoom, please specify in the "Additional Comments" section.

Economic Development Appointments:

If you are planning to open a new business, change ownership of a business, or change the name of a business, please make an appointment by emailing Janette Alvarez, Project Manager, at

Click the image to make an appointment!

Click here to request a Building Inspection.

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  • Planning:  626-570-5034, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday

          Counter hours: By appointment only, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday

  • Building:   626-570-5034, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday

           Permit Counter hours:  By appointment only, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday

  • Housing:  By appointment only, 626-570-5037, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday
  • Economic Development:  By appointment only, 626-570-5038, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday
  • Code Enforcement:  By appointment only, 626-570-3230, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday


About Community DevelopmentAbout Community Development

Responsibilities of the Community Development Department.

Planning DivisionPlanning Division

Implementation of City's Zoning Ordinance and General Plan.

Building DivisionBuilding Division

Building and safety standards for design, construction, use and occupancy.

Housing DivisionHousing Division

First-time Homebuyer Assistance and Home Improvement Assistance Programs.

Economic Development DivisionEconomic Development Division

Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion.

Code Enforcement DivisionCode Enforcement Division

Compliance and correction of violations with the City's municipal codes.

Team Members

Marc Castagnola

Director of Community Development


Vanessa Reynoso

Deputy Director of Community Development


Peggy Carloss

Executive Assistant


Susie Martinez

Clerical Assistant II


Juan Parra

Clerical Aide II


Paul Lam

Principal Planner


Scott Quyle

Associate Planner


Holly Chenh

Housing Assistant


Rafael Perez

Code Enforcement Supervisor


Officer Villegas

Code Enforcement Officer


Officer Soto

Code Enforcement Officer


Officer Perez-Garcia

Code Enforcement Officer


Officer Ramirez

Code Enforcement Officer


Rick Abe

Urban Designer/Architect



December 11, 2020
Community Event

Alhambra Landlords Housing Rights Workshop

6pm - 7pm
October 16, 2020
Community Event

Alhambra Tenant Housing Rights Workshop

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

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