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Preliminary Review
Preliminary Review is a voluntary, fee-based service that is tailored to the applicant's information needs and familiarity with the City's codes, policies, and development review processes. It is intended to be a time-saving process that will benefit you, the prospective applicant. Preliminary Review can also help you reduce the time and money spent revising plans to meet City standards before they go to public hearing.

In filing for Preliminary Review, you are encouraged to provide any information that may be helpful for staff to understand your project concept and the information you need to proceed. Generally, the depth and completeness of staff responses to your specific questions depend on the amount, depth, and accuracy of the information you provide with your request. Complete and detailed information from the prospective applicant often results in better staff analysis, and consequently more thorough feedback. For Preliminary Review, submittal of a plan drawn to scale is highly desirable.

As described on the application form, there are several options for the level of review and associated fees. A project manager assigned to your project will then contact you with comments and recommendations within two to three weeks for a Focused Review, three to four weeks for an Enhanced Review, and four to six weeks for a Comprehensive Review. Please be advised that review time may vary depending upon staff workload and project complexity. When possible, your future project application will be assigned to the same project manager who reviewed your Preliminary Review.

Preliminary Review applications are accepted at the Development Services Permit Center located on the 1st Floor of City Hall tower building during service hours on a walk-in basis only. 
Download the Preliminary Review application.