Planning Division

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 Our Mission

To provide education, information, recommendation, and leadership to residents, businesses, and decision-makers to support Burbank's high quality of life characterized by choices in housing, efficient use of public infrastructure, distinctive community character, and active public participation.




The Planning Division provides policy recommendations regarding the long-term growth of the community and guides development through the permit review process to implement the City’s adopted plans, regulations, and codes. We are committed to community-based planning, and to a livable, sustainable community. The Planning Division oversees the Planning BoardHeritage Commission, and Rancho Review Board.


Long-Range Planning, also referred to as Advance Planning, is the City's long-range policy and strategic planning activities, which include analyzing and preparing various documents through a public process such as the City's General Plan, Specific Plans, zoning regulations, and other land use studies.


Current Planning involves the review of various development and land use applications for conformance with the City's General Plan, Zoning Code, Specific Plans, and other City land use policies. The processing of development and land use applications include the review of preliminary plans and submittal materials, obtaining public input, and presenting projects for consideration by the Planning Board and City Council at public hearings.





The City of Burbank is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our employees, customers and community – and to reducing the threat of COVID-19.  

Effective Thursday, April 2, 2020, the City’s Community Development Department will transition to modified operations that establish online services. Public counter hours at the Community Services Building are closed until further notice.

Please click here for instructions on how to submit applications online.

If you have any questions you can contact the City’s Planning Division via telephone at (818) 238-5250 between 9AM and 4PM Monday-Friday or via email at   We will attempt to provide you with a response within 24 to 72 hours.

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Click here to see a list of Current Planning applications under review




Temporary building and planning permits for Natural Disaster/ Emergency Preparedness


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