To manage growth in a sustainable manner that balances our economy, culture and environment. Quality service is provided by seeking efficiency and offering consistent and timely information with integrity and Aloha.
The Department of Planning offers technical advice to the Mayor, County Council and commissions; proposes zoning legislation; drafts updates to the General Plan, Maui Island Plan and Community Plans; presents reports & recommendations on development proposals; and oversees programs on cultural resources, census and geographic information, flood plain permits and other special projects and permits.
COVID-19 update for the Planning Department:
Revised procedures for permit applications and inquiries due to COVID-19: general inquiries may be made by phone or email, and personnel will strive to respond within one business day.
Planning email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division phone: 270-7253
Current Planning Division phone: 270-8205
Pursuant to Governor Ige's 12th Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency, dated August 20, 2020, all persons traveling to the Islands of Maui County shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine. The period of self-quarantine shall begin from the date of entry onto the Island and shall last 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence on the Island, whichever is shorter. All travelers must comply with all applicable State and county rules, directives, and orders related to travelers, including those mandating the verification of data upon arrival at the airport and the completion of any and all documents.
In addition, persons who require paid or commercial lodging while subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine shall designate a hotel or motel as their quarantine location. Short-term rental homes (STRH), bed and breakfast (B&B) homes, or other types of transient vacation rentals (TVR), as defined in the Maui County Code, shall not be designated as a quarantine location.
However, a STRH, B&B or TVR may be designated as a quarantine location for a new or intended Hawaii resident, provided that the full 14-day quarantine is served and not stopped early, and may provide lodging for visiting essential workers, provided quarantine restrictions for essential workers are followed. No STRH, B&B or TVR may be designated as a quarantine location for a new or intended Hawaii resident more than once in any six-month period. The property owner, manager, landlord, tenant, and guest shall each be responsible for ensuring, and documenting, compliance with this Rule. Documentation shall be provided to the County, at the County’s request. Failure to provide such documentation within the time specified in the request shall be considered a violation of this rule.
, operation of essential business includes hotels and motels, in compliance with the State of Hawaii restrictions.
Out-of-state visitors to Maui County, who are not intended residents, must complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a hotel or motel prior to rental of a condominium, Bed and Breakfast Home or Short-Term Rental Home.
These rules remain in effect until October 29, 2020 unless they are terminated at an earlier date or extended to a later date. Violation of this rule is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both. This applies to visitors and hosts who do not follow quarantine requirements.
If the Governor’s Proclamation expires or is terminated prior to the expiration or termination of Mayor Victorino’s Public Health Emergency Rules, the Mayor’s Rules remain in effect.
- Maui County online atlas for shoreline access - with over 200 public access locations and their features
- June 9, 2020 Maui Planning Commission public hearing presentation (rev 06/16/2020), June 17, 2020 Lanai Planning Commission public hearing presentation, and additional information presented June 23, 2020 regarding County Council Resolution 20-27 regarding short-term rental home permit cap revisions
- Quarterly Update of Conditional Permits as of June 30, 2020
- Proposed Design Guidelines and Standards for the Country Town Business District in Lana`i City
- 2019 Annual Status Report on the Implementation of the Maui County Community Plans
- 2019 Annual Status Report on the Implementation of the Countywide Policy Plan and Maui Island Plan
- Proposed SMA & Shoreline Rule Amendments community meeting presentation
- October 22, 2019 presentation on Climate Crisis, Sea Level Rise, and Erosion by Chip Fletcher, PhD from UH Manoa/Honolulu Climate Change Commission
- Frequently Asked Questions about Maui SMA and Shoreline Rules
- Proposed Amendments to Maui SMA Rules
- Proposed Amendments to Maui Shoreline Rules
- Short-Term Occupancy List as of June 15, 2020
General and Community Plans
- General Plan 2030 Opens a New Window.
- Countywide Policy Plan
- Maui Island Plan
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Current Planning Division
The Current division analyzes and reviews development proposals including environmental assessments, community plan amendments, change in zoning, project district, special management and historic district permits.
Long Range Planning Division
The Long Range Planning division prepares the General Plan, Maui Island Plan and community plans, and administers special planning and cultural resource projects. The GIS section analyzes land development data and prepares digital maps.
Plan Implementation Division
The Plan Implementation Division Opens a New Window. is responsible for General Plan monitoring and implementation; Capital Improvement Program (CIP) reporting; and the initiation, preparation, and coordination of revisions to county zoning ordinances and regulations. This Division undertakes projects and programs to implement the recommendations in the Countywide Policy Plan, Maui Island Plan and community plans, including drafting and tracking legislation.
Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division (ZAED)
The ZAED division responds to zoning questions, reviews the zoning requirements for building permit and subdivision applications and handles enforcement of the zoning codes.