Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City offices are currently closed to the public. For updates:

The City is not taking in planning permit applications for new permits at this time.  Resubmittals may be submitted via mail or by appointment with a pdf version of the plans emailed to City Planner David De Vries or include a thumb drive with a pdf version of the plans in your resubmittal.  Please contact your project planner or the City Planner at (858) 668-4604 for all other inquiries and we will be respond within two normal business days.

Mailed Submittals 
Address mailed submittals to: David De Vries, City of Poway, Development Services Department, City Hall, 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064

Poway Planning and Zoning

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.

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.