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The Planning Division reviews all construction, from small home additions to large commercial and industrial projects, to ensure that the work to be performed conforms with the City's zoning laws. 

The Planning Division maintains the City's land development and land use standards. City staff work with contractors and homeowners to help streamline the permit process using an easy step-by-step guide. On large-scale projects, pre-construction coordination meetings are held with project managers and City staff who play a role in the construction process to help ensure a smooth running project.


  • The Planning Division is open to the public by appointment only. Any plans submitted physically will be quarantined for a period of 2-3 days. Staff highly recommends submitting items online. Please contact the Planning Division at for more information. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. For more information on COVID19 and testing, please CLICK HERE.


Paul Lam, Principal Planner
Phone: (626) 570-5034
Business Hours: 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday, Closed on Fridays.
Planning Counter Hours: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

To apply for a Planning Entitlement or to look up a property's Zone, please visit our NEW Customer Portal!

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Click on the image above to make an appointment with a Planner.


  • The Planning Commission, comprised of ten Alhambra residents appointed by the City Council, guides the City's planning process by identifying planning-related problems and opportunities, reviewing proposed project plans that require zoning changes, variances, subdivisions, and planned development permits.
  • Meets the first and third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers. 


  • The Design Review Board, comprised of five Alhambra residents, appointed by the City Council, maintains design control over all development permits reviewed by the Planning Commission, including minor modifications such as signs and exterior alterations.
  • Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.

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