Planning Division
Ian McAleese, Assistant Planner                                                     Department Hours: 
1415 Santa Anita Avenue   Monday - Thursday  
South El Monte, CA 91733                                       7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Phone: (626) 579-6540 Ext. 3201  Closed 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
‚ÄčEmail:   Closed on Major Holidays 

The Planning Division performs current planning functions which include the on-going review and processing of development plans, as well as advance planning for future development needs. The Planning staff is responsible for assisting developers and residents with zoning regulations, reviewing ministerial applications for zoning consistency and permits. Staff provides assistance to the general public via in-person visits at the public counter, over the telephone, and email correspondence. The Division also provides support to the City Council and also serves as the primary liaison to the Planning Commission.  The Planning Division  oversees initiatives related to Health/Wellness, Recycling issues AB 939, Sewer Fee issues and Stormwater issues (MS4 permit). In all of its duties, the Planning Division strives to provide the highest level of customer service and to apply the City’s zoning regulations in an equitable and just manner.  

Entitlement Applications

The entitlement applications below are for proposed developments, land uses or projects that require discretionary approval of the City's Planning Commission and/or City Council. Click the entitlement to download the application.


Click here  for a flow diagram that explains City's Entitlement Application process.


Planning Forms

The forms below are for minor projects or requests that can be approved by a City Planner. Click the form to download.


City Maps

General Plan

The General Plan is the "MASTER PLAN" for future growth and development in the City. It envisions a future that the City wishes to achieve that bears an improved general welfare for City residents, businesses and property owners. To achieve this future, the General Plan sets goals and policies which guide all City actions. The General Plan is divided into several elements, all which can be found below.


 Zoning Codes

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 

  Cannabis Ordinance