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 While we’ve simplified the building permit application process, it may still feel complex.  If you don’t find what you need, or still feel unsure about the process, give us a call at (650) 802-4261.

Information Before You Apply for a Building Permit

Before you apply for a building permit, there is information you should know:

  1. Know what type of permit you need.
  2. Review the Forms and Handouts, Frequently Asked Questions, and Adopted Codes pages to help plan your project:
  3. Review our fee schedule to understand building permit costs.
  4. Review the types of building permits available online below to determine if you can apply for the permit you need online.
  5. If you can apply for the permit online, proceed to Apply for a Building Permit. See the full list below of permits you can pull online.
  6. If you cannot apply for the permit online, you can:
    • Email the Building Division at building@cityofsancarlos.org to submit your application and plans or to ask questions about the permitting process. You can also reach us by phone at (650) 802-4261.
    • The Building Division will hold open counter hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. by appointment only. Please email building@cityofsancarlos.org to schedule an appointment. 

Only the Following Permits Available Online

  • Electric Service Change
  • Electric New Circuit
  • Electric Sub Panel
  • Electric Temp Power
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Mechanical New HVAC
  • Mechanical Replace HVAC
  • Plumbing Gas Pipe
  • Plumbing Water Heater
  • Re-roof
  • Window Replacement

What is the Plan Review Turnaround Time?

Plan review turnaround time is based on the following schedules:

 permit  timeline
 Deck  1-2 weeks
 Interior Remodel  1-3 weeks
 Kitchen and Bath Remodel  1-3 days
 New Commercial  4-6 weeks
 Solar Installation  1-3 days
 New Multi-Family  6-8 weeks
 New Single-Family Residence  4-6 weeks
 Recheck for Plan Review  10 days to 2 weeks
 Residential Reconstruction  4-6 weeks
 Retaining Wall  2-4 weeks
 Revisions for Permits Issued  1 week
 Second-Story Addition  3-5 weeks
 Single-Story Addition  2-4 weeks
 Signs and Awnings  1-3 weeks
 Tenant Improvements  2-4 weeks