Gilroy's Planning Division, which includes Code Enforcement, is committed to developing and implementing programs to support the city's General Plan. Staff promotes sustainable development and encourages quality design and livability of residential neighborhoods, commercial areas and industrial zones within the city's urban sphere. Our team provides a variety of services to fulfill the objectives of the General Plan, provide efficient permit processing services, and encourage public participation in the land use process.

The Planning team is responsible for implementation of Gilroy’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, adopted specific plans and other associated ordinances. Typical activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Respond to public inquiries related to land-use and property development regulations.
  • Provide solution-oriented customer service to support economic development opportunities whenever possible
  • Review land-use entitlement applications (e.g. tentative map, conditional use permit, annexation, general plan amendment, architectural & site review permits) for conformance with adopted policies and regulations
  • Administer the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for environmental review related to planning and development proposals
  • Update and maintain the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • Provide staff support for Historic Heritage Committee and Planning Commission
  • Through Code Enforcement, resolve land-use related violations.


EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 6, 2017 the City CoGlen Loma 03uncil took action to not extend the RDO (residential development ordinance) allowances until after adoption of the Gilroy 2040 General Plan. Those RDO allocations for development projects that were deemed to be ‘complete’ for processing by November 6th may continue through the development process. However, all other allocations are now expired.

Therefore, at this time, the Planning Division cannot accept new applications for residential development projects, with the exception of those that have existing RDO allocations and projects that are exempt from RDO numeric limits. Such exempt projects include those consisting of four or fewer residential units, those located within the Downtown Specific Plan area, and those proposals that receive a special exception from the City Council pursuant to GCC section 30.50.60(c)(3).

The City Council will reconsider RDO allocations at the completion of the 2040 General Plan process, currently anticipated to occur by the end of 2019.

For additional information, please contact the Planning Division at (408) 846-0451.

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