Development and Land Use Permits

Department of Planning & Community Development

1010 10th Street, Suite 3400
Modesto, Ca. 95354
Phone: (209) 525-6330
Fax: (209) 525-5911
Planning & Community Development Website


How Do I Apply?

Obtain a Use Permit Application from the Stanislaus County Department of Planning & Community Development. Applications can be obtained in person or online.

How Long Will It Take?

90 - 120 days. The time to process an application will take about 90 - 120 days due to requirements of State law regarding public hearing notification, compliance with environmental laws and time to write a staff report.

How Much Will It Cost?

Please refer to the Fee Schedule [PDF]

Who Approves The Permit?

The Stanislaus County Planning Commission will consider the application at an advertised public hearing. The Planning Commission will either approve or deny the application.

Building And Other Permits?

After approval of your use permit, you may need to obtain a building permit, encroachment permit or other permit. Staff can assist you in identifying these permits.

What Information Will I Need To Provide?

  • Description of the use, number of employees, hours of operation
  • Copy of the deed or legal description of the property
  • Plot Plan (drawing of the project site)
  • Elevation/drawing of any proposed new building