Fairfax-Bolinas Road in West Marin at milepost 5.73 (approximately 2 miles west of Azalea Hill) is single-lane access with two-way traffic controlled through one lane. This condition is at the construction zone only and will remain in place until project is completed. See project webpage for more details. Thank you for your patience while this project progresses.

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What is happening with the VMA Parking Lot?

The Veterans’ Memorial (VMA) parking lot and north campus gateway to the Marin Center requires significant repairs that include a new surface, subgrade repairs, and new permeable drainage system under parking stalls (see Project webpage). The work incorporates prior campus traffic studies and parking plans, provides for new Wi-Fi devices to improve campus coverage, future conduits to … Continued

Who is paying for the construction?

The VMA Seismic Retrofit project total approved budget is $6.85M.  Of this total, $5.13M is expected to be reimbursed by a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant. The County also allocated $10 million in one–time funding in June 2023 to address other building needs beyond the seismic retrofit. This funding will cover the cost of the health/safety … Continued

What happened to the groups that were performing there?

Although the VMA remains closed for the near future, performances, events, and activities are still vibrant at the Marin Center in the Showcase Theater, Exhibit Hall, Bartolini Gallery, and fairgrounds. Some arts organizations have found alternative performance venues to sustain them until the VMA is reopened.    

Will the venue get new seats?

During this time of construction, we are exploring the possibility of some of Front of House improvements which have been identified as priorities for our producers. These improvements include updated seats and seating configuration, improved restrooms, and addressing the acoustics in the auditorium, to name a few. We do not yet know if the project budget … Continued

Are the repairs necessary?

The current project is seismically retrofitting the Marin Center VMA to mitigate risks to the occupants of the facility in the event of a major seismic incident at the site. The improvements are designed to elevate the structural seismic performance to a level that meets the current code standards for life and safety. Project scope … Continued

How long will it be closed?

The Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (VMA) will require more construction upgrades than originally scheduled during its current renovation because of recently discovered concerns. The earliest anticipated reopening date is fall 2025 as the Department of Cultural Services and the Department of Public Works collaborate on the project. 

Why is the VMA Closed?

Renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired 2,000-seat Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (VMA) began in July 2023 to conduct necessary seismic and code improvements. Having an opportunity created by the building being dark for this seismic work, investigative studies were conducted to evaluate the rest of the VMA structure.  While inspections determined that the perimeter foundation and elements … Continued

Where can I take household hazardous waste?

Marin County has two drop off facilities, one in Marin and one in Novato.  Information detailing what constitutes hazardous waste may be found by visiting one of the following websites: Marin Household Hazardous Waste  Novato Household Hazardous Waste

Grading Without a Permit

The start of any grading work, including preparatory site clearing or soil disturbance, prior to the issuance of a grading permit is a violation of MCC §23.08 and may subject the property owner to fines MCC §23.08.130. Property owners are encouraged to contact Land Development to clarify requirements.


The grading permit application fee is $550.00 and is non-refundable. Additional fees, including plan review, field inspection and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will be determined after review of the proposed grading project.

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