Mission Statement

To collaborate with the residential, business, and development community to plan, promote, and facilitate a vibrant, balanced, and cohesive City for today and tomorrow.

The Planning Division of the Community Development Department operates to assist citizens, businesses, and City departments in managing land to ensure that land use complies with the General Plan and Zoning regulations and meets the needs of the City and its citizens. The Planning Division does this by maintaining records of zoning districts, subdivision maps, site plans, conditional use permits, etc.

Whether you are planning to build or modify your home or business, you will need to work with the Planning Division before proceeding. The Division coordinates with the Planning Commission to process and review site plans and subdivision maps and approves land use and other zoning applications.

In addition, the Division works with the Planning Commission and City Council to modify and update the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The General Plan defines the long-range goals and intentions regarding the nature and direction of future development within the City. It contains elements on land use, transportation, park and recreational facilities, urban design, and housing as well as details regarding the City's zoning districts.

For more information about the services that the City of Lake Elsinore's Planning Division can provide for you, make an appointment with a Planning Division staff member. To schedule an appointment, please visit the Book Appointment Online page.

Planning staff is also available over the phone you may call us at 951-674-3124. Please include your name, Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) or address, and daytime phone number, and provide us with as many details and information as possible related to your question or request. City Hall is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 8 pm to 4 pm.