Planning Division

If you're thinking about making changes to your home or business, erecting a fence, or adding signage to your business, the Planning Division can help you with these and other land use issues. The Planning Division can provide the zoning designation of a parcel or update you on projects throughout the City.

Common questions residents and business owners have are:

  • What Zoning District is my property located in?
  • What are the development standards (i.e. setbacks, height, etc) for my property?
  • What types of development or businesses require Planning Commission and City Council approval?
  • I would like to display a Grand Opening sign for my business. What is the process?
  • What is the parking requirement for my business?
  • What are the fees from the Planning Division?
  • What are the new projects in the City?

Answers to these questions and more can be obtained by contacting the Planning Division at 510-578-4330 or via e-mail at Inquiries for zoning and general plan information can be expedited if you are able to provide both the street address and assessor's parcel number for the property in question.

The complete Zoning Ordinance and official Zoning Map were adopted on January 25, 2018.   

The Newark General Plan is a comprehensive statement of the goals, policies, and actions that will guide future growth and conservation in the city. It provides a vision for Newark’s future and a strategy for achieving that vision. The Plan is intended to help Newark respond to changes in technology, transportation, demographics, the environment, and the economy during the coming decades. It strives to preserve the things that matter the most to Newark residents while proactively shaping the City’s future.  Click here to view Newark's General Plan and the General Plan Map.  

The most common Planning Permit applications along with their informational summaries can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.

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