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Community Development

Department Overview

The Community Development Department is open for business.  Thank you for visiting the Burlingame Community Development Department.  Although City Hall is closed to the public in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, City staff is still working.  Responses and applications are being processed with only minor delays compared to normal operations.

If you have any Planning Division related questions, the fastest way to receive a response is to email planningdept@burlingame.org.  You can also call and leave a voicemail at (650) 558-7250.   Please allow 24 hours to receive an email response and up to two days to receive a telephone call response.

If you have any Building Division related questions, the fastest way to receive a response is to email buildingpermits@burlingame.org.  You can also call and leave a voicemail at (650) 558-7260.   Please allow 24 hours to receive an email response and up to two days to receive a telephone call response.


The Community Development Department's primary functions include the regulation of development on private properties, as well as support of the business community within Burlingame.  The Department consists of three divisions: Planning, Building, and Economic Development.

Planning Division 

The Planning Division maintains the City's General Plan and various Specific Plans and implements the policies outlined in these adopted Plans. It also maintains, updates, and administers the City's zoning regulations and sign regulations.  

Building Division 

The Building Division plan checks construction documents, building permit issuances and field inspections of all buildings and structures in Burlingame. The Division enforces the minimum requirements of California building codes, state and federal laws and local ordinances in an effort to ensure the safety of all building construction within the community.

Economic Development Division 

The Economic Development Division is dedicated to creating a positive business climate within Burlingame that promotes a thriving and vibrant business community. The City recognizes the important role business plays in supporting the high quality of life enjoyed by Burlingame residents. Division staff is committed to helping retain and expand existing businesses and to promote new commercial development within the City. 

Kevin Gardiner

Community Development Director

Phone 650-558-7253

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