Fact Sheets and Resources
We have written a number of fact sheets that respond to some of the questions most frequently asked by our customers.
This summarizes zoning standards such as height, setbacks, and floor area ratio for some of the most common zoning districts.
This summarizes zoning standards such as height, setbacks, and floor area ratio for some of the most common zoning districts in Marin County's coastal zone.
Certain projects within the County’s Coastal Zone may qualify for an exclusion from the Coastal Permit requirement.
How the Planning Division calculates building area, floor area, and floor area ratio when reviewing permit applications.
How to measure the height of a structure according to the Marin County Development Code and the Marin County Interim Zoning Code (Coastal Zone).
Information about calculating residential density and subdivision potential.
On January 26, 2021, the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted amendments to the Marin County Development Code, including those pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). This summarizes the regulations for ADUs.
Information on Short Term Rentals (STR) in Marin.
Requirements and standards for construction of a new fence in the following zoning districts: A, A2, OA, RA, RR, RE, R1, R2, C-RA, C-R1, and C-R2.
Information on Site Planning for Stormwater Management.
Information on Stream Conservation Areas (SCA).
Requirements for sustainable design and construction techniques (green building).
Form for zoning verification of your home occupation that is secondary to a residential use, and compatible with surrounding uses.
Information you need to know about permit fees.
An Agricultural Production and Stewardship Plan is required for the development of commercial agriculture and related accessory uses on properties located in agricultural zoning districts (A3 to A60, ARP or APZ).
Information on when Tree Removal Permits are required by residents who wish to remove trees from their properties. This is also useful information for tree removal companies.
The mandatory findings to approve a Variance and other information are available in this fact sheet.
Application form for projects that are not served by the Marin Municipal Water District or North Marin Water District.
How to conduct and prepare a Biological Site Assessment which may be required when a project is proposed adjacent to or within an area that may contain sensitive biological resources.
The Community Development Agency's inspection and compliance requirements for verification of a building’s property line setbacks, floor area, and height.
Development criteria in the unincorporated Tamalpais area of Mill Valley set forth by the Tamalpais Area Community Plan and the County’s Development Code.
Specific information about development projects in the Kent Woodlands area of Kentfield, CA.
Information specific to development within the R1:BLV zoning district in the Lucas Valley area of San Rafael, CA.
A housing impact fee is taken in at time of building permit application, which is used to increase the stock of affordable housing in the County.
Information on outdoor construction standards
Information on applying for a Williamson Act agricultural contract
This provides the County’s Ordinance related to Senate Bill 9.
This provides the County’s Ordinance related to Senate Bill 35.