Building Permits

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.

Access online permit counter via eTRAKiT. Note: The online permit counter is currently a soft launch for Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing contractors only.

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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

Building Permit APPLICATION SUBMITTALS

Please complete the permit application and submit it and any required documentation to buildingapplications@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

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.

Solar Permit Applications

For Solar Projects, Electrical Upgrades Associated with Solar Permits & New Powerwalls – Please send to pickup@4leafinc.com

Instructions for first time users.

For more information, please visit the Solar System Permits page.

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.