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 17th Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency, dated December 16, 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 10 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.
Travelers from outside the State who obtain a negative COVID-19 test result from a Trusted Testing Partner test administered within 72 hours from the final leg of departure and whose negative test results for the COVID-19 disease are either uploaded into the State's Safe Travels program prior to departure to the State or provided in written hard copy upon arrival in the State, are not subject to mandatory self-quarantine.
Interisland travelers who provide written confirmation of a negative test result from an approved COVID-19 test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the last leg of departure are not subject to mandatory self-quarantine. Interisland travelers who can provide proof of submission of an approved COVID-19 test but whose negative test results are not available at the time of arrival, must quarantine at their place of lodging but may thereafter submit their negative test result to the State.
Travel within the islands of Maui County (Maui, Molokai and Lanai) is not subject to quarantine or pre-travel COVID-19 testing.
Persons who require paid or commercial lodging while subject to the mandatory self-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, but may be used as a quarantine location for travelers who took a State approved COVID-19 test sample within 72 hours from the final leg of departure but do not have the test results at the time of arrival.
In addition, a STRH, B&B or TVR may be designated as a quarantine location for a new or intended Hawaii resident, provided that the full 10-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.
Visitors to Maui County who require 10-day mandatory quarantine must stay 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 the termination of the Proclamation of Emergency for Maui County. 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.
- January 26, 2021 Workshop on Proposed Special Management Area and Shoreline Rules Amendments
- 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
- GIS users can download the Shapefile for Maui County zoning from the Hawaii Statewide GIS Program
- Publicly accessible Land Use Viewer for visualizing and overlaying various county land use datasets
- Maui County online atlas for shoreline access - with over 200 public access locations and their features
- Quarterly Update of Conditional Permits as of September 30, 2020
- 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
- Short-Term Occupancy List as of December 24, 2020
General and Community Plans
- General Plan 2030 Opens a New Window.
- Countywide Policy Plan
- Maui Island Plan
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.