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Permit Application Process
The first step for any applicant should be to contact the City to learn what kind of application and what submittals are necessary. This can be done either by calling (650) 780-7349 or 780-7231or by visiting the Counter at City Hall. The Permit Technician will explain the process and the necessary forms to be completed. Listed below are the approximate review times for most permits. Actual review times may vary due to complexity of projects and resubmittals.

One-Stop Plan Review
Be sure to try our "One-Stop Plan Review" service. Representatives from Building and Inspection, Engineering and Construction, Planning and Redevelopment, and Fire are available at one time to review and issue permits. These permits include minor tenant improvements, small residential remodels, and signs.

One-Stop Plan Review Sessions are held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 - 4 PM. 30-minute pre-scheduled appointments are required, and can be made by calling (650) 780-7349 or 780-7231.

Building Permits

Engineering Permits

Planning Permits

Approximate Review Times

Building Permits
Roofing and Subpermits Over the Counter
New Buildings 4 Weeks
Additions 3 Weeks
Residential Structural Review 2 Weeks
Tenant Improvements < $250K 1 Week
Tenant Improvements > $250K 3 Weeks
Residential Alterations 1 Week
Planning Permits
Use Permits and Variances 4 - 8 Weeks
Architectural Permits 4 - 8 Weeks
Fire Permits 2 - 3 Weeks
Engineering and Construction Permits 3 Weeks

Directory of Counter Services and Phone Numbers

Phone Numbers
Counter Services 780-7350
General City Information 780-7000
Building Inspection Requests
(24-Hr. Recording)
Building Permit Information 780-7350
Cash Collections:
     Business Licenses
     Utility Payment

Code Enforcement 780-7250
Engineering & Traffic 780-7380
Housing Programs 780-7290
Fire Permits 780-7375
Planning 780-7234
Zoning Information 780-7234




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