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Community Development


Paul Jensen
Community Development Director

1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Welcome to Community Development

The department consists of three separate divisions that all work together to help make San Rafael a great place to live and do business. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the community. We do this by:

  • Fostering public involvement and creativity by establishing enthusiastic partnerships with all segments of the community;
  • Assisting decision makers and the public in formulating and implementing policies which balance environmental, economic and social needs for the present and future;
  • Processing development permits in a timely and solution-oriented manner, and ensure that new construction is an asset to its surroundings; and
  • Ensuring the safety and maintenance of buildings, property and neighborhoods through enforcement of codes, public education with cooperation with other City Departments and public agencies.

Check out the division pages for more information about what each division does!

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