Permit Checklist for Residential Construction

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These are the typical items that should be detailed on plan submittals for Building Permits for single family dwellings. Required details will vary depending upon the scope of the project, but generally the following information should be indicated on the plans. If you are unsure which details are needed for your project, please visit our Permits counter in City Hall, or contact us by phone or email.


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  1. Complete Application Form [PDF] (signed by the applicant)
  2. Size of Drawings and number of copies to submit:
    Minimum Plan Size: 22” x 17”
    Residential New Construction : 4 sets
    Addition greater than 500 square feet: 3 sets
    Addition less than 500 square feet: 3 sets
    Alterations: 3 sets
  3. Site Plan:
    • Street(s) labeled
    • Indicate lot dimensions
    • Front, side, and rear yard setbacks
    • Show all easements
    • On-site Parking
    • Trees and landscaping
  4. Plot and Finish Grading Plan:
    City Engineering Standards Vol. III Part II [PDF] . Section E contains information regarding the City of Redwood City Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program – Drainage Guidelines for Residential Development- 2 sets
  5. Floor Plans:
    • Existing and proposed floor plans, fully dimensioned
    • Smoke detectors in all sleeping rooms
    • Label all rooms
    • Stair details
    • Occupancy separation required between the garage and living space, self-closing solid core door
    • Attic access ( 22” x 30”; 30” headroom)
    • Attic ventilation: 1 square foot ventilation per 150 square feet of attic area (1:300 if 50% of required ventilation is located a minimum 3’ above eave or cornice vents) (1/4” corrosion-resistant metal mesh)
    • Under-floor access (18” x 24”)
    • Under-floor ventilation: 1 square foot ventilation per 150 square feet of under-floor area
    • Hinged shower door shall open outward, minimum 22” clear opening
    • Minimum shower size: 1024 square inches, and accommodating a minimum 30” circle
    • Fireplace, if gas provide model and listing information; no new wood burning fireplace
  6. Elevation Plans:
    • Show north, east, south, west elevation
    • Indicate the building height and number of stories
    • Label natural and finished grades
    • Emergency escape and rescue windows
    • Note exterior finish
    • Door landings required and illumination at all exterior doors
  7. Construction Section and Details (showing floor, wall and roof framing, and footings)
  8. Foundation and Roof Plans:
    • Roof framing: indicate rafter/ beam sizes and locations, roof sheathing and nailing pattern
    • Roofing Material: Class B minimum
    • Skylight: indicate framing details, location and listing (typically ICBO or ICC)
    • Foundations: Indicate footing dimensions, rebar, hold-downs, anchor bolts, and slab or raised floor details
  9. Structural Calculations – 2 sets
  10. Soils Report (new buildings, basements, hillsides, other special circumstances as required by the Building Official) – 2 sets
  11. Title 24 Energy Compliance Forms [PDF] (828kb): Form CF-1R and MF-1R (required for all habitable or “conditioned” space) - 2 sets
  12. Job Specifications – 2 sets
  13. Fire Sprinkler Plan – 2 sets
  14. Local Development Standards (curb, gutter, sidewalk, driveway approach, street trees, street lights, underground utilities, etc ) – 4 sets- All new units require compliance with local development standards
  15. School Impact Fees (residential additions greater than 500 square feet)
    • Applicant must bring an additional copy of the floor plan directly to Sequoia Union High School District and certification developer fees.  Contact Annette Ricci, (650) 369-1411 ext. 22290
    • Receipt of payment to school district is required before permit can be issued any local building Department
  16. Traffic Impact Fees
  17. Local Development Costs
  18. Water and sewer fees (as applicable)
  19. Environmental Impact Assessment
  20. Description of Use
  21. NPDES Permit Compliance for construction and new development and check lists (See Engineering)