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Silhouette 1The Planning Department is responsible for reviewing project proposals for compliance with the General Plan, Zoning Code, and the Local Coastal Program. Planning Department Staff provides reports and analyses on all projects for which discretionary approval is required to the Planning Commission.

Planning Division hours:  8:00 AM TO 10:00 AM Monday through Friday, or by appointment only after these counter hours.

Silhouette 3Please contact the Planning Department at (310) 378-0383 with any questions on proposed new single family residences, additions and remodeling which may trigger neighborhood compatibility, grading, variance, miscellaneous, or coastal development review. Structures within set-back areas often need approval as well.

Preliminary approval by the Palos Verdes Homes Association is also required for most projects.

This helpful Guidelines for Building & Remodeling is available at City Hall or the PVHA.

Homeowners can read our Frequently Asked Questions on Accessory Dwelling Units.

Silhouette 4For further in-depth information on maximum floor area, allowable building coverage, total lot coverage, building height and many other residential zoning requirements, please see the Handouts/Applications/Forms link. 


Planning Commission

Commissioners Term Expiration
Michael Thomas, Chair June 30, 2019
Winston Chang, Vice-Chair June 30, 2019
Derek Lazzaro June 30, 2018
Stuart Criley
June 30, 2018
Wendy Walker June 30, 2018


The Planning Commission reviews and makes decisions on most construction projects, zoning changes, grading and neighborhood compatibility applications, utility projects and right-of-way encroachments in the City. The Planning Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. 

Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

Butcher Solana Project

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update/Revision - May 2015 
Adopted by the City Council May 26, 2015

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