Building Permits and Inspections

Do I need a permit?

Building Permits are required for all new buildings and existing buildings or structures which are to be altered, repaired, enlarged, improved upon or converted, or where any change in the size of a room takes place or any electrical or plumbing work is involved.

Please note: No new submittals will be accepted within the half hour prior to closing. See the City's hours page for more information.

Click here to view today's inspections.
Some examples of projects requiring building permits are:
  • New Buildings
  • Room Additions
  • Interior Remodels
  • Window/Door Installation
  • Drainage Systems
  • Decks
  • Spas/Swimming Pools
  • Foundation Repairs
  • Driveways
  • Termite Repairs
  • Roof Replacement
  • Water Heater Installation
  • Electrical Upgrades
  • Siding Installation

  1. Building


    Phone: (510) 215-4360

Do you need an in-person consult?

In-person consults with Building Inspectors or the Plan Checker are by appointment only.
To request a consult with Plan Check or a Building Inspector, please click here.

Please note:
Consultations with the Plan Checker are available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9-11 and 2-4 only.
Consultations with a Building Inspector are available daily, between 8-9 only.


Building Inspections


To schedule an inspection, please fill out our Inspection Request Form online , or call us at 510-215-4360.

Please keep in mind that we are experiencing unusually high volumes of inspection requests and it may not possible to get an inspector out until two to four days after request. On the day of your inspection, make sure that the permit and approved plans are available at your project site and that the work for which you called an inspection has been completed. There is no penalty for cancelling and rescheduling an inspection.

Please note:
Inspections are only offered Monday through Thursday and no inspections on Wednesday afternoons.


Building Permit Information


Building Permit Application Form - Cover form for all building permits

Plan Submittal Checklist - Checklist listing submittal requirements for most building permits.

Owner-Builder Information


Owner-Builder Web Page and Form
Additional form if the project is being completed by an owner-builder.

Special Study Map


Slide Zone or Seismic Zone Special Study Map
Map showing areas of the city that are subject to additional study. Please see Checklist for more information.
Before commencing construction it is recommended that you contact the City Building Division to make certain that a building permit is required and for information on Building Division requirements for residential and commercial buildings including new dwellings, additions, remodels, alterations, and repairs.

Additionally, before a building permit can be issued by the Building Division, information concerning zoning regulations must be obtained from the Planning Division and adhered to for those projects requiring zoning clearance prior to a building permit being issued (new dwellings, additions, fences, decks, carports, garages, etc.) Zoning regulations include but are not limited to minimum distances or setbacks from the property lines for buildings/accessory structures, fences/decks as well as maximum height restrictions.