Department of Planning & Building Services -- Overview

Responsibilities of the Department of Planning & Building Services

The Department of Planning & Building Services provides staff support to the Town Council, Planning Commission, General Plan Advisory Board, Affordable Housing Committee and the Tree Committee - related to the implementation of planning and land use policies and regulations in Fairfax.  This department also provides information to the public via the public counter, telephone, email and/or mail four days a week.  In addition:

  • The Planning Division processes applications and issues permits, provides professional advice, enforces Town ordinances that govern the development and use of property, oversees the preparation, updating and/or amendment of the General Plan, Zoning Ordinances, subdivisions and environmental review.
  • The Building Division provides plan review, issues building permits for construction activity, conducts inspections and implements code enforcement related to local ordinances, the California Building Code which includes accessibility requirements per the American’s with Disability Act, as well as the California Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes.

FEMA Flood Information

The Town of Fairfax administers the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS) Program for the areas within the Town.

Our Building Official (Mark Lockaby) can provide one-on-one information regarding the FEMA mapping of the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) at our Public Permit Counter, located at 142 Bolinas Road, or via phone at 415-458-2370. The Building Official is available to determine if your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area and answer questions about flood maps, flood zones, base flood elevations (BFE), flood protection, and flood insurance. Staff is also available to perform site visits and provide information on flood protection and reducing flood risk.

Contact Information

Ben Berto
Director of Planning & Building Services
(415) 453-1584

Linda Neal
Principal Planner
(415) 453-1584

Michelle Levenson
Assistant Planner
(415) 453-1584

Mark Lockaby
Building Official
(415) 458-2370
(415) 453-2263, Inspection Line

Office Hours

Planning and building staff are available at the public counter at Town Hall at 142 Bolinas Road. Town Hall is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm and is closed to the public on Fridays. If you are submitting a planning application, you are encouraged to do so during the hours of 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Scheduling an appointment is also recommended for applicants to ensure that a planner is available to assist you.

Contact usTown of Fairfax: 142 Bolinas Rd. | Fairfax, California 94930 | Phone: (415) 453-1584 | Fax: (415) 453-1618
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon; 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
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