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.
  6. If you cannot apply for the permit online, you can:
    • Call the Building Division at (650) 802-4261 to discuss your project, or schedule an appointment for your permit application.
    • Visit the Building Division during our 9 a.m. - 12 noon counter hours to discuss your project or to submit your permit application.

Types of Building Permits Available Online

  • Electric Service Change
  • Electric Miscellaneous
  • Electric New Circuit
  • Electric Sub Panel
  • Electric Temp Power
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Mechanical Miscellaneous
  • Mechanical New HVAC
  • Mechanical Replace HVAC
  • Plumbing Gas Pipe
  • Plumbing Water Heater
  • Plumbing Miscellaneous
  • 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 Improvement 2-4 weeks