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For new construction, building code regulations, and associated permits:

COVID-19 UPDATE 11/6/2020

Per the current Shelter-in-Place order, all construction will be allowed to resume, provided that builders comply with the San Mateo County health and safety guidelines from the California Department of Public Health:

San Mateo Shelter-in-Place Order
Guidance for the Construction Industry
Checklist for the Construction Industry

City Hall is currently closed to the public with limited in-person appointments until further notice. The Building Division will continue to process existing applications, and new applications. Applicants should continue working with staff to schedule building inspections. The Building Division can be reached at (650) 616-7074.

Permit Counter Services/Permit Intake and Permit Issuance

Permit processing will be done electronically.

If you are applying for an over-the-counter permit that does not require plan review, please complete the building permit application and please upload the building permit application and the credit card authorization form to the City’s link. Over the counter permits include sewer replacement, reroof, furnace replacement, water heater replacement. 

If you are applying for a permit that requires plan review, complete the building permit application and email the building permit application to A permit technician will reach out to you to coordinate plan review fee payment and submittal of electronic plans and documents to us to start the plan review process. Please review the Digital Submittal Requirements prior to submitting. 

Please note that new ADU and JADU submittals are to be emailed to for completeness review before the application is taken in. Once deemed complete, the Planning Division will release submittal to the Building Division for processing.  

For questions, please contact us at or call us at (650) 616-7074.