Planning & Community Preservation

The Planning & Community Preservation Department is comprised of the Planning, Zoning, Building & Safety, and Code Enforcement Divisions.
Planning and Zoning divisions are responsible for regulating the type, scale, and land use that may be established at a given location.

Building and Safety division is responsible for structural and life safety concerns in the construction, demolition or alteration of buildings.

Code Enforcement Division conducts investigations to abate code violations and public nuisance abatement.

The Planning & Community Preservation Counter is open to serve you from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday.

The Planning & Community Preservation Department is also providing services via Email:

  •  Staff will still be accepting and processing permits submitted via email, [email protected]
  •  Permits are available to download here.
  •  Staff will be accepting plans and documents that have been sealed in a plastic sleeve or envelope. To schedule a drop-off, please call (626) 355-7138. Plans and documents may also be delivered via postal mail service.
  •  Payments will only be processed over the phone.
  •  For general questions, please contact the appropriate staff member here.

Services Include:

  • Zoning Review - Reviews projects for compliance with City zoning codes.
  • Advanced Planning - Implements policies of the General Plan and prepares Municipal Code text amendments, zone changes and General Plan amendments
  • Historic Preservation - Advises about historic preservation issues.
  • Environmental Compliance - Monitors and maintains documents and certifications for State and local requirements.
  • Plan Check - Reviews project plans and issues permits for all new development and renovation projects.
  • Building Inspections - Inspects and issues certificates of occupancy for all construction projects.
  • Code Enforcement - Investigates property maintenance nuisances, such as control of overgrown vegetation, unlawful accumulation of debris, vacant buildings, unlawful use of potable water, etc.


The Department consists of five full-time staff members and three contract Building and Safety employees. The Planning & Community Preservation Department is available by phone at (626) 355-7138. 

SCAG Local Profiles Report 2019

This profile report was prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments and shared with the City of Sierra Madre. SCAG provides local governments with a variety of benefits and services including, for example, data and information, GIS training, planning and technical assistance, and sustainability planning grants.

Profile of the City of Sierra Madre