Cupertino's team of 7 planners serves an active community with thousands of property owners, contractors, sign makers, brokers, architects, designers, public agencies and many others.
About the Planning Division
The Planning Division provides efficient and responsive professional planning services to the community and implements city development policies, programs, and regulations. The primary responsibilities of the Planning Division are to assist the community to plan and foresee future land uses and policies and to review current development proposals for conformance with the City’s adopted policies and ordinances. The Planning Division administers land use regulations while striving to enhance the livability of Cupertino by fostering a healthy, prosperous and sustainable community environment.
The services and duties of the Planning Division are guided by several government codes, regulations, statutes and other procedural documents, including but not limited to:
The Planning Division serves as staff to the
City Council on land use issues and to the following regular commissions and committees:
The Assistant Director of Community Development serves as the Hearing Officer for
Administrative Hearings. Planning Division staff review and present projects to the Hearing Officer for a decision on certain projects as outlined in the Cupertino Municipal Code. These decisions are posted online here.
Agendas and minutes of these commissions, committees and meetings, when available, are posted
In observance of the winter holidays, Cupertino City Offices including City Hall, the Community Development Department, and the public counter will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020 and will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Counter Hours *
M: 7:30 am - 9:00 am;
10:00 am - 12:00 pm;
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
T, W, Th: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm;
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
F: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm;
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Please consider the following suggestions to get information and manage your project as efficiently as possible:
1. Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org - our team is on rotation to answer these emails daily and we will either respond with an answer or direct your inquiry to the right person.
2. Search the website for resources such as forms, public records, the Municipal Code, and major project updates.
3. Sign up for to get updates on topics, events and projects that interest you. e-notifications
4. Make an appointment by emailing your project planner or email@example.com or by calling 408-777-3308 5. Communicate with your project planner. All applications are assigned to a single planner who will guide you through the entire process, from the preliminary concept phase to building occupancy. Direct all communications to your assigned planner for an efficient response.
Why is the city's specific plan process more important than ever, even though the city received an SB 35 application from the developer?
The Specific Plan creates an ongoing opportunity for negotiation of design details, a development agreement and community amenities. There is no path for negotiation in the SB 35 application process. Community members are encouraged to continue to stay engaged in the design and planning process of the Vallco Special Area.
How do I get answers to my questions?
Cupertino’s Planning Division supports thousands within an active community of residents, property owners, contractors, sign makers, brokers, architects, designers, public agencies and many more. To help you get what you need as seamlessly as possible, please consider these options:
Email your question to (save a trip, save time). This mailbox is monitored daily by our team and allows you to be directed to the right person and/or department. firstname.lastname@example.org
Call 408.777.3308/3309. If you get voicemail during regular business hours, it’s only because the planner-on-duty at that time is assisting other community members. Be sure to leave your name, a call back number and, your question in brief, clearly, in the event you get to voicemail. Emailing: email@example.com, as an alternative is encouraged.
Check for resources such as, public records, meeting agendas, Muni Code and major project updates. www.cupertino.org
Sign up for e-notification and select the topics that interest you most: http://www.cupertino.org/visitors/enotification-signup.
Make an appointment. (Avoid walk-ins and a second trip!) This allows your planner to prepare information for you. You are also assured your planner is available rather than in a meeting, out in the field or assisting another person within the Cupertino community.
Contact your project planner and stay in touch about expected milestones. All applications are assigned to a single project manager who will help you from preliminary concept phase through to signing off on occupancy (finalizing your building permit). Work with the same person throughout the process for an efficient response. In the event of any staffing changes, you will be assigned a new project manager to guide you through the process.
Check cupertino.buildingeye.com for information on building and planning projects currently under review, under construction, or completed; or, if you simply want to know if your neighbor down the street has a permit for “that.”
Use Cupertino 311. Have concerns about unpermitted work, spotted a pothole, a listing street tree, a branch blocking the sidewalk, a trip hazard on a sidewalk or simply anything? Use the Cupertino 311 app (iOS or Android) or visit www.cupertino.org/cupertino311 to let the City know from wherever you are, except if you’re driving! (But please, do let us know when you get there.)
Where will all these new Apple Park employees live?
At its peak, Hewlett Packard, which had previously owned the property, had approximately 9,800 employees. With Apple’s redevelopment, it is anticipated that there will be approximately 13,200 employees at Apple Park, an increase of 3,400 people.
While cities are not specifically required to house all employees, California state law requires cities to plan for housing demand as a result of expected job growth. As part of a required Housing Element, each city is required to plan for a certain allocation of housing over a specific period (Regional Housing Needs Allocation or “RHNA.”) Cupertino’s commitment to meeting its RHNA and to creating more opportunities for affordable housing is reflected in various policies adopted and championed by the City Council.
Cupertino’s Housing Element (HE), adopted in May 2015, identified sites throughout the city to accommodate its (RHNA) to help improve the jobs to housing ratio and to bring housing closer to jobs.
In addition, in 2015, the Council increased developer in-lieu fee contributions toward affordable housing. Additionally, the City successfully negotiated with developers to include affordable housing within their projects that would be affordable for lower income residents, teachers, etc.
Since adoption of the HE and increased housing mitigation fees, the City has approved 807 new residential units:
Hamptons – 600 net new homes (total 942 units); 71 affordable units (41 very low and low income; 30 moderate income)
Marina Plaza – 188 net new homes; 18 affordable units (16 very low income; 2 moderate income)
The Verandas – 19 net new homes; 18 senior affordable units (6 extremely low income, 6 very low income and 6 low income)
As the City works toward implementation of housing goals, it will continue to look for ways to incorporate more housing and affordable housing options.