Although your mailing address reflects Los Gatos as the city, your property is technically located in an unincorporated portion of Santa Clara County. Since your property has not been annexed into the Town of Los Gatos, your public services are provided by Santa Clara County, including services such as planning, development review, and building permits. For planning inquiries, please refer to the County of Santa Clara or contact the Planning Office directly at 408-299-5770.
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Public drop-in counter hours are Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 1 PM. Planners may be available by appointment during non-counter hours by calling (408) 354-6874. Map & Directions to Town Civic Center
The Los Gatos Town Council adopted the 2020 General Plan on September 20, 2010. To view the 2020 General Plan document, please click 2020 General Plan. For information on the next General Plan update, please click here.
You may make an appointment with a Planner by directly contacting a Planner. Please note that the Drop-In Counter is currently closed to the public at this time. Community Development Contact Information
Please note: In order to use the Interactive GIS Map, you will need the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, allow for pop-ups in the web browser, and download the AutoDesk map program when prompted. If unable to use GIS, please contact a Planner for zoning information.
For Aerial Photographs, Zoning and General Plan Information, please click on Legend: ON, and check the box for the appropriate map data. For Aerial Photographs, please note that you will need to zoom in until the Aerial Photographs option appears in the legend.
One accessory structure less than 120 square feet, is allowed in the required side or rear setbacks without any zoning approvals. Any accessory structure in excess of one will be subject to the requirements set forth by Section 29.40.015 of the zoning ordinance. All accessory structures more than 120 square feet are subject to the requirements set forth by Section 29.40.015 of the Zoning Ordinance.
If you own a property that abuts a Town boundary or is within 300 feet of a road that is maintained by the Town, you may be required to annex in conjunction with a development proposal. Typical projects that trigger annexation are subdivisions, new single-family homes and significant remodel projects that involve demolition of more than 50% of the existing home. You should contact the Santa Clara County Planning Department at 408-299-5770 to determine if your project will trigger annexation.
Town Code permits new accessory dwelling units on properties in the R-1, RD, RM, R-1D, HR, and RC zones. Requirements and limitations can be found in Section 29.10.320 of the Town Code. Answers to FAQs regarding accessory dwelling unit regulations can be found here. For additional information as how this might apply to a specific property you should contact a Planner.
First, determine the zoning district your property is located in by entering in your address or Assessor’s Parcel Number in our Interactive Map. Then, look up the permitted uses for your zoning district. If your use is not listed, refer to the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Table to determine if your use requires a CUP. Uses that typically require a CUP include restaurants, banks, alcohol sales, child care facilities, formula retail stores and schools. Some personal service businesses require a CUP depending on location.
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