How do I obtain a building permit?

Generally, minor permits are available over the counter, such as replacement water heaters, windows, re-roofs. Other projects that require construction drawings will need to be submitted for review. We have Building Permit Applications available online. And, when in doubt about how to submit your project please call us,  our Building Department staff will gladly explain the process (650) 757-8888.

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 (for some types of work, you can apply online)
  • Provide construction drawings
  • 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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