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Community Development COVID-19 Response and Resources

Business Assistance:

Bilingual Small Business Assistance Hotline - (831) 758-7367 weekdays between 8:00am and 4:00pm, [email protected]. Click here for more information.

Business Resource Page (technical assistance, loan assistance, tax information, and more). En español.

Housing Response and Resources:

Increasing Protections for the Homeless

City of Salinas and Salvation Army Team-Up to Provide 225 Daily Meals to Homeless

ECHO Housing - Fair housing resources and counseling 

Planning, Building, and Permit Center:

To continue serving the Salinas community and essential projects forward during the Covid-19 pandemic, staff will begin processing applications electronically.  The process allows for electronic submittals to all Divisions within the Department. This is inclusive of new or resubmittals of Building Permits, Planning Entitlements, Code Enforcement Cases, Fire Permits and Engineering Permits.   For more information on how to submit electronically, call 831-758-7251 or [email protected].

Staff is also able to issue and inspect all construction related permits.   Construction, including workers who support operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects, including but not limited to surveyors and workers conducting site inspections.  Construction shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements and the Construction Safety Protocol listed in Appendix B of the Monterey County Health Order

Zoning/Current Planning - Email: [email protected] 

Code Enforcement - Email: [email protected] or Phone: 831-758-7157


About the Department

The Community Development Department is committed to creating a safe, healthy, and prosperous Salinas through targeted revitalization and sustainable, well-designed land use and development. Department functions include planning, permitting, management of federal funding, housing production, code enforcement, and business development.

There are six divisions in the Department: Plan & Project Implementation, Advanced Planning, Current Planning, Permit Services, Code Enforcement, and Housing & Community Development.

Core Values

  • We believe in efficient customer service and citizen engagement
  • We believe that economic vitality is important to community development
  • We believe in integrity, mutual respect, courtesy and dignity
  • We believe in innovation and teamwork

Community Development Divisions

Community Development Plans and Projects


What's Happening for Community Development