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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Public Health Order: Shelter-in-Place in Marin County

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By order of the Public Health Officer of the County of Marin, residents of Marin County have been directed to shelter at their place of residence. The Order requires that all Marin County residents self-isolate at home until April 8, prohibits non-essential travel and gatherings and to cease all non-essential business operations at their physical locations. All residents should comply with the Social Distancing Requirements as outlined in the Order. The Order has been issued based on increased evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Marin County and the Bay Area and to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

The Order is available for your review here.

Failure to comply with the order is enforceable by misdemeanor and constitutes an imminent threat to public health. Increased access to COVID-19 testing is expected to become available in the coming days and the Health Officer will continue to evaluate the order as more data becomes available.

The Town continues to monitor the fluid state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Town staff has made several adjustments to Town departments and operations to comply with the order while it is in effect. 


  • The Police Department will continue to respond to incidents involving risk or threats to life and personal safety. 
  • The Police Department will attempt to handle non-violent crime via telephone and email as much as possible. 
  • Public access to the Police Department will be limited. 
  • The non-emergency Police Department telephone number is (415)789-2801 and will be monitored and answered as usual.

Community Development (Planning & Building)

  • Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order imposing a statewide mandate that Californians stay at home or in their place of residence, and the latest order issued by the County of Marin, Town Hall is closed to walk-in service and staff is currently working remotely.  Due to these circumstances, the Planning Division has limited capabilities to accept, process and review applications and to conduct public meetings. Additional information will be posted on the Town website as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience while we continue to find ways to deliver services to the greatest extent possible during this public health crisis.
  • The Planning Division is not currently accepting new applications.
  • The Building Division will not be issuing new permits.
  • So long as Social Distancing practices are used during construction:
    • It is acceptable for licensed contractors to conduct emergency repairs and to submit for a building permit after the repairs are completed.
    • All residential construction projects that are partly completed can continue to completion in order to ensure health and safety.
    • No new construction projects will be permitted unless they are adding to the supply of our county’s housing stock, or maintaining the habitability of homes in order to avoid displacement of residents. 
    • Business construction projects related to maintaining or upgrading essential businesses, government, or health care infrastructure are also allowed to go forward. 
  • If you have a question about your building permit, please submit this form to get in touch with Building Division staff. 

Public Works

  • The Department of Public Works will not be accepting new applications or issuing new encroachment permits. 
  • The Public Works field crew will be limiting non-essential maintenance to comply with the Order and Social Distancing requirements. 
  • If you become aware of a hazard, please submit this form to report a hazard to the department. 


  • The regular Town Council meeting on March 18 has been cancelled. 
  • The March 24 Heritage & Arts Commission meeting has been cancelled. 
  • All Town Hall facilities are closed, and non-essential staff has been sent home. 
  • Town Hall’s main phone line is not being monitored at this time. If you have a general question, please submit this form and your question will be directed to the appropriate department or answered as soon as possible.

Report a Hazard
Building Permit Questions
General Inquiries 

Please visit the Marin County Health & Human Services website for a detailed FAQ about the order and additional information on the COVID-19 pandemic, including the most up-to-date information about the disease, recommended actions you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your community. 

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