Do I need a building permit?

Building permits are required to build, enlarge, alter, remove, demolish, or repair a structure. This includes everything from houses and garages to commercial construction, tenant improvements to signs. Some work does not require a permit, so check here first. Prior to getting a building permit, you should first check with the Planning Department to make sure what you want to do is allowed.

To apply for a building permit for any structural changes, or to add square footage to an existing structure, you need to:

  • Complete an application form
  • Provide construction drawing
  • Pay building permit fees

After the work has been completed you’ll need to schedule an inspection by calling (650) 757-8888.

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