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Community Development

Our Mission Statement
Our goal is to ensure that community values are reflected in the physical environment. The department focuses on planning and implementing standards that maintain the City's high quality of life as the City continues to develop and mature. The City encourages a balance of inviting and safe residential communities, vibrant commercial centers, and varied manufacturing and employment opportunities.
  The Department consists of three divisions:

Planning and Development Services

The Planning and Development Services Division is responsible for providing support to the community by interpreting and implementing the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance as adopted by the City Council. This consists of processing applications for land development including environmental assessment, landscaping review and sign requests. It is also responsible for long range planning and regional and interagency coordination; Park Planning and Transportation Development Review.

Housing and Redevelopment

Housing and Redevelopment Division is responsible for implementing the City’s Housing Strategy and Implementation Plan including the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.  The Division also administers the affordable housing program, Housing Set Aside funds for the Irvine Redevelopment Agency, and the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program. 

Building and Safety

Building and Safety Division administers and enforces all building codes and ordinances adopted by the City. This includes field inspections, plan checking and permit issuance for new construction. The Building and Safety division also includes the City's Code Enforcement, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping programs, and the Water Quality/NPDES program.

The Department operates a
Permit Processing Center designed to expedite the permit approval process while ensuring a high degree of review of incoming projects.

To contact the Community Development Department or any divisions within the department:

Community Development Department
City of Irvine
One Civic Center Plaza
P.O. Box 19575
Irvine, CA 92623-9575

Tel: (949) 724-6470
Fax: (949) 724-6440