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The Planning Division maintains and implements the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and prepares other specialized planning documents, including Specific Plans. The Division reviews development requests for conformance with the City’s planning policies and standards, and conducts environmental review under the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Planning Division also monitors and analyzes regional planning issues to determine their impact to the City. The division provides staff support to the Planning Commission and City Council through the processing of rezoning, subdivisions, site plan reviews, use permits, variances, and other entitlements.


125 E. College Street
Covina, CA 91723

Planning Counter Hours
Monday – Thursday
City Hall is Closed Fridays
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Closed (lunch)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Appointment only
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Covina Planning Division

A Division of the Community Development Department

The Planning Division maintains the City’s comprehensive General Plan, which serves as the legal guide for all development in the community, and advises the City Council, City Manager and Planning Commission on issues involving the future development of the community.

  • Advise residents, property owners and developers on the use of real property
  • Review proposals to develop, remodel or alter buildings, parking lots or other man made structures and ensure compliance with applicable zoning standards and design guidelines.
  • Maintain records and statistics on the population and demographics of the City.
  • Review the potential environmental consequences of public and private actions pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Administer the Historic Preservation Ordinance and Plan.
  • Process requests to annex property into the City of Covina.
  • Provision of information and interpretation of the various federal, state, and local land use regulations.
  • Preparation and distribution of handouts and maps showing City Streets, zoning, demographics, development standards, and other information.

Municipal Code Link

Residential Development Standards

The below tables with development standards are meant as a quick reference to the lot sizes, lot coverage, setbacks, building and structure heights. The property owners, applicants, architects and designers must check with all development standards and other regulations contained in Covina Municipal Code Title 17.

link to Municipal Code:!/Covina17/Covina17.html


(1) See additional requirements for accessory buildings, patio covers, fence, walls, hedges, etc. under CMC Sections 17.26.050 through 17.26.210.

(2)  Distance between buildings means between two adjacent main dwellings (houses).

For Multi-Family Development Standards, Click Here. 

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Supporting documents

Tree Preservation (Oak Tree)

The City of Covina requires the preservation of mature trees to protect a valuable community resource. By preserving mature trees, we can improve the beauty, air quality, and property values of the community. 

Preserving Mature Trees: 

  • Large mature trees provide habitat for wildlife and birds. 
  • They moderate the climate, improve air quality, and increase property value. 
  • Mature tees are also a historic resource. 

Heritage Trees: 

  • Trees with a trunk diameter of at least 10 inches are protected as heritage trees. 
  • Trees of the following species are protected: Quercus (oaks)
  • Trees designated by the city council as heritage trees are also protected.

Obtaining a Tree Preservation Permit: 

  • No person may damage a heritage tree without obtaining a permit. 
  • An application for a tree preservation permit must be submitted to the Chief Planning Official.
    • The Application must include 
    • Name and address of the applicant and property owner. 
    • Evidence of ownership. 
    • Location of the property.
    • A photograph of the tree(s). 
    •  A site plan. 
    • A report from a certified arborist or licensed forester (may be waived for single-family residences)
    • Mailing list and self-adhesive labels for properties within 300 feet of the subject property. 

Fees for a Tree Preservation Permit: 

  • Tree Preservation Permit Minor: $1,128.00 (one tree)
  • Tree Preservation Permit Regular: $2,205.00 (more than one tree)

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the planner on duty at (626) 384-5450. 

Zoning Map

Click HERE for Covina Zoning Wall map!

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