Planning Division

The Planning Division is committed to providing the community with personal attention, accurate and detailed information, and timely responses in a manner that instills public trust and confidence while exceeding service expectations.

Services We Provide:

  • Project Review - Review projects for compliance with City zoning codes, work with applicants to obtain any necessary entitlements.
  • Environmental Review - Review projects in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Entitlements - Provide information and assistance in obtaining approvals and entitlements prior to applying for a building permit.
  • Planning Commission - Support the Planning Commission, which is charged with overseeing administration of the zoning code.
  • Maintenance of City Development Codes - Assure that City codes reflect the needs and desires of the community.
  • Compliance with State and Local Requirements - Maintain the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

Project Review:

The Planning Division reviews all applications for discretionary permits, including:


Administrative Approvals


Conditional Use Permits

Environmental Reviews

General Plan Amendments

Historic District Reviews

Municipal Code Amendments

Parcel Map Waivers/Lot Line Adjustments

Planned Unit Developments


Rezone and Prezone Applications

Road Abandonments

Site Plan Reviews

Tentative Parcel Maps

Tentative Tract (Subdivision Maps)

Time Extensions




Beginning December 1, 2021, the City will not have the capability to prepare radius maps and mailing labels, in accordance with the Public Hearing Requirement on applications requiring a public hearing (Annexations, Conditional Use Permits, General Plan Amendments, Rezones, Tentative Parcel and Tract Maps, and Variance Applications):


The following must be provided:

  1. An accurate, scaled drawing of the surrounding area for a minimum distance of three hundred feet (300’) from each boundary of the site showing locations of existing streets and property lines.
  2. Mailing labels with the names and last known addresses of the recorded legal owners of all properties within the 300-foot distance from the exterior boundary of the site.


Applicants will be responsible for retaining a company to prepare the radius map and labels for them to submit to the City with their application. A sample project location map is attached – here.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

HOURS:                                                                ADDRESS:
Monday – Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.              City Hall
                                                                              317 N. Douty Street
                                                                              Hanford, CA  93230

Fee Schedule  - 01-06-2020

Resolution 19-41-R Development Impact Fees Study