Planning Division


  • Planning has the following responsibilities:
  • Assisting the public by providing information related to planning functions within the City, including permitted land uses, development standards and development processes
  • Assisting the City Council with planning for the City’s future development (long-range planning actions)
  • Providing staff support to the Planning Commission
  • Reviewing development applications and related proposals for conformance with the City’s adopted policies and ordinances (current-planning actions)
  • Preparing environmental documentation (evaluations of potential impacts and identification of mitigation measures for new development projects) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Maintaining and implementing the City’s long-range planning documents, including the General Plan - The General Plan guides City development actions through adoption of goals and policies. It includes “elements” or chapters that focus on key development issues, including:
    • Circulation
    • Housing
    • Land Use
    • Noise 
    • Open Space and Conservation
    • Public Safety
  • Maintaining and implementing the City’s Zoning Ordinance - The Zoning Ordinance is an implementation tool of the General Plan. It prescribes the type, location, range and intensity of land uses, and establishes development standards and land use processes throughout the City

Long Range Planning 

Long range planning develops and implements the City’s General Plan and other long-range planning documents that reflect the community’s vision and help guide the future of Wasco.

Current Planning & Development Review

Current planning is responsible for processing land use development applications in compliance with the City’s Zoning and Subdivision codes. Applications that require current planning processes include:

  • Annexations
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Home Occupation Permits
  • Land Divisions
  • Sign Permits
  • Site Plan Reviews
  • Temporary Use Permits
  • Variances

Land Use Development Applications

Planning Department staff are always happy to answer questions about your development proposal and strongly encourage applicants to contact staff to discuss your proposal and any questions you may have prior to submitting an application.

To apply for the following land use permits, please apply online.

  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Home Occupation Permit
  • Master Landscape Plan Review
  • New in-ground Pool
  • New Multi-Family Residence(s)
  • New Single-Family Residence
  • Porch, patio or other home addition
  • Residential Accessory Structures
  • Sign Permit
  • Temporary Use Permit

Apply Online

To apply online, please see go to Wasco’s MyGov website. Click here if you need instructions on how to apply online using our Instructional Guides. If you have questions about your project, please contact City Staff to discuss, prior to making an online permit request.