Planning Services

City Hall offices will be closed on December 22-29 in observance of holidays. NO INSPECTIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING CITY CLOSURE. 

On December 13th, counter services will be closed at 11am.

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Planning Services is responsible for implementing the community vision of the natural and built environment as outlined in the General Plan, a comprehensive strategy for management of future physical growth and change within the community. Additionally, Planning Services administers the City Zoning Code and other ordinances/codes related to land use and development.

Planning Before Building

In order to ensure that projects meet the requirements of the Aliso Viejo Municipal Code, applicants are now required to discuss and obtain approval for their project from the Planning Department, prior to the submittal of plans to the Building Department. This process begins with the completion and submittal of a Zoning Compliance Application (PS-240) (PDF) to Planning Services. Please note, PS-240 requires a signature and/or letter of authorization from the property owner as well as the applicable residential management associations at the time of submittal.