Planning Division

Poway Planning Division
The Planning Division administers and implements the City's land use and zoning functions, processes discretionary land use applications, and assures compliance with conditions of approval through various reviews and inspections. This division also ensures compliance with the Poway Municipal Code, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other state and federal regulations.

Green Building Standards for New Construction
The California Green Building Standards Code (PDF) took effect on January 1, 2011, and was updated in 2013. The code requires that new buildings in California be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The regulations will result in reductions in greenhouse gas emission, energy consumption, and water use. All new construction projects are required to comply with the Green Building standards.

Sign Regulations Amendment
Poway’s Comprehensive Sign Regulations, Chapter 17.40 of the Poway Municipal Code (PMC), were amended by the City Council in 2012 and 2014 (Ordinance 739) (PDF). The amendments were based on input from the business community and the general public. The amendments include substantive changes to regulations pertaining to a variety of existing sign types, and provisions for additional signage options. The amended sign regulations are intended to serve the needs of the business community while maintaining a high quality visual appearance in the City’s commercial areas.

The Summary of Sign Regulation Changes (PDF) provides a quick look to understand what was recently amended in the Ordinance. The City’s Sign Permit Application (PDF) includes frequently asked questions (FAQ) pertaining to general sign regulations. Also, the city’s Temporary Sign Permit Application (PDF) includes various FAQs for customers.