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Does my project require a building permit?

Almost every construction project requires a permit, including plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and structural changes, as well as repairs, additions, alterations, conversions, demolitions, and changes in occupancy. Permits are also required for smaller projects such as roofs, sewer lines, and water heaters. The requirements for permits vary based on the size and type of project. If you’re not sure whether you need a permit, contact the Building Division at (650) 616-7074.

What is the building permit process:
  1. Application and Fees. Complete a building permit application with drawn plans and pay the plan check fee. In general, three sets of plans are required. Submit your application at the Building Counter in City Hall.
  2. Plan Check. The City will review your plans to verify compliance with building, zoning and fire codes. About 2-3 weeks after you submit plans, City staff will contact you with any comments / corrections on your plans.  The plans may have to be resubmitted with those changes. 
  3. Permit Issuance. When the plans are approved, staff will contact you and let you know that the permit is ready to be issued.
  4. Inspection. All permitted projects require one or more inspections by a City Building Inspector to ensure that the project is constructed according to the approved plans.