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Planning & Engineering Division 

The Planning and Engineering Services Division is responsible for the administration of the General Plan by use of the following:

  • Administration of the City's Annexation Program and Special Studies as Deemed Appropriate
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Development Code
  • Municipal Codes
  • Subdivision Map Act

The Planning and Engineering Division also supports the Planning Commission and City Council on all planning related matters, as well as the Cultural Heritage Board for matters related to Historical Resources and Districts.  These general activities are achieved through the specific activities and responsibilities of five distinct areas.


Planning Services

The Planning Services area is responsible for land-use conformity activities as they relate to the General Plan and Development Code. These activities include large and small development projects which range from a 1,000 plus unit planned development on the fringes of the City to a use permit to allow alcohol sales in an existing restaurant.  Planning services is also responsible for the maintenance of the General Plan and Development Code.


Engineering Services

The Engineering Services area is responsible for reviewing and approving development related public improvements and subdivision maps.  These activities include review and approval of street improvement plans for everything from small private development projects to major subdivisions, as well as the final subdivision map process and the lot line adjustment / merger process.


Transportation Services

The Transportation and Permitting area is responsible for permitting projects / improvements in City streets and sidewalks as well as transportation planning and access management.  Along with the City's transportation planning function, these activities include reviewing and issuing encroachment permits and transportation permits as well as approval of street access locations and designs.


Field Inspection Services

The Field Inspection Services area is responsible for the inspection of public improvements constructed or repaired by private (non-City) contractors and utilities.  These activities include inspection of street and utility construction in new subdivisions, commercial development and the inspection of utility work in the City streets and sidewalks.


Parks Planning

The Parks Planning area is responsible for budgeting, design and construction of parks and other City recreational facilities, as well as issuing permits for street tree planting in new subdivisions and for existing residents.  Property owners are encouraged to maintain and plant street trees in front of their home.  This section issues permits to remove Street Tree and Heritage Oak  when a property owner would like to remove the tree or trees themselves.  This section also monitors and operates the City's computer controlled SMART park irrigation system and assists other departments and agencies with park and recreational facility planning and operation matters.



Need a Permit Application and/or Inspection?

Building Permits & Inspection

Engineering & Transportation Permits & Inspection

Fire Prevention Permits & Inspection

Municipal Utilities Department Permits (MUD) Permits & Inspection

Planning Permits



External Links

Stockton Municipal Code

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CEQA Process Flow Chart

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research - Planning, Zoning, and Development Laws


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 1/28/2015