Planning Division

The Planning Division functions as the professional and technical adviser to the Planning Commission and City Council on policy matters and issues concerning the physical development of the community.

The Planning Division is the principal office responsible for processing land use applications such as Conditional Use Permits, Tentative Tract / Parcel Maps, Temporary Use Permits, Location and Development Plans, Sign Permits, and Home Occupation Permits. The Division is also a necessary step in the Business Licenses application process.

All new development or modification/upgrade to existing commercial, industrial, or residential structures must be reviewed for conformance to the Development Code, and the City's General Plan, before that construction may begin. Planning works with other City divisions, such as Building and Safety, Fire and Engineering, as well as other governmental agencies, to ensure new development has adequate infrastructure and services. Planning also provides zoning and land use regulation information to the general public.

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Helpful Information and Documents

City of Adelanto helpful agency information:

Southern California Edison:  To ensure customers engage with Southern California Edison at the planning/permit stage: Commercial cannabis operations are encouraged to adopt energy efficiency best practices. See below for more information: 

• Southern California Edison commercial business customers may be eligible to receive rebates or incentives for adopting certain energy efficiency measures. For more information and a list of available energy efficiency programs, please visit: 

• To request a new power service or upgrade an existing one, refer to:

Requesting Power Service To Upgrade Or New Service

• Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a non-profit organization that offers resources to promote efficiency in the field of controlled environment agriculture (CEA), including best practice guides, case studies, industry reports and energy use benchmarking tools. For more information, please visit:

Southwest Gas: Let Southwest Gas help you optimize your business. From equipment evaluations to maximizing available energy-saving solutions, our qualified professionals are here to assist you.

SoCal Gas: Access the applications for New Construction and modification of SoCalGas-owned meters and pipelines.

U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service: Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. 

Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District:  The District works to protect the health of nearly 600,000 residents by safeguarding the region's air quality. By partnering with the local communities and businesses, we implement regulations and programs to reduce air pollution and assist the region in attaining ambient air quality standards.

This is accomplished through a comprehensive and common-sense program of planning, regulation, compliance assistance, enforcement, monitoring and public outreach and education.

Western Joshua Trees: Western Joshua Tree Conservation Efforts and Permitting