San Carlos, CA

Building Permits

Apply for a Permit

Apply for Building permits via email using the Building Permit Application Form. Once a completed application form is emailed, someone from the Building department will reply with fees, payment instructions, and next steps.

If you have questions about the permitting process or wonder if your project needs a permit please email

View the Building department fee schedule.

The City has adopted the following Building Codes:

Adopted Codes

California Building Codes Online
Technical Building Codes
Municipal Code
Climate Zone: 3
Seismic Zone: E
Basic Wind Speed: 91 mph
Soil Hazard Zones: A and B (B Most Restrictive)
Soil Hazard Zone A Information
Soil Hazard Zone B Information
Soil Hazard Map
Building Exposure: B, C and D (D Most Severe)
Soil Bearing Value: 1500 psf (Lower values require soils report)
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) - South of San Carlos Avenue and West of Alameda de las Pulgas: 
San Carlos Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Map

Building Fee Schedule

Forms and Handouts


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