Housing Development Projects

The goal and purpose of this page are to compile information related to housing projects to facilitate permit streamlining review and approval.

Entitlement process

The City of Richmond staff are determined to improve the housing conditions of our citizens and are here to help. To define a housing project's feasibility and begin the entitlement process, please get in touch with our Planning Division.

Below are the most frequently needed planning forms and handouts related to the housing projects:

Planning Application Forms

Planning Application Submittal Checklists

A complete list of available planning fees, forms, and checklists can be found here

For additional resources related to housing construction refer to the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Housing Planning Hub Site - Resources for Accelerating Housing Production

Post entitlement phase – obtaining a building permit. 

Once the project receives the entitlement from the Planning Division, the next step of the project realization is obtaining a building permit which will authorize the builder to begin construction. Please note that planning approval or project entitlement does not authorize construction or demolition activities until a building permit is issued. In this phase, the project must demonstrate that the project will comply with the building standards applicable at the time of permit application submittal. CBC 1.1.9, 105.1, and 107.2. Please note that by definition, those are the minimum safety standards that the building must achieve to be deemed safe for human occupancy. CBC 101.3. 

Below are the most frequently needed building forms and handouts related to the housing projects:

Building Application Forms

Samples of approved applications (coming soon)

  • Single Family Home
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
  • Duplex
  • Multifamily
  • Mixed use
  • Townhome

Checklists and handouts related to permitting housing projects.