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Permits, Plan Checks and Fees

Permit Types


The Planning Division is often the first step in the permitting processes for residential and non-residential additions and new construction. There are three levels of review, which are based on the type of project proposed and the level of environmental review needed. The three processes are illustrated in the Permit Tracks handout.

Project Types: Residential Project Information; Non-Residential Project Information


The Building Division coordinates building permit review with several City departments and divisions. The reviewing departments/divisions varies based on the project proposed.Additional permits for other department may also be required, all of which are coordinated through the One-Stop Permit Center.

Project Types: Residential Project Information; Non-Residential Project Information


Planning Permit Application Fees

Building and Fire Permit Fee Schedule


Building and Fire Permit

Planning Division Application Form

Tree Replacement e-Card

Planning Application Supplemental Forms

Public Hearing Schedule

General Submittal Requirements

Industrial and Commercial Submittal Requirements

General Plan Initiation Schedule

Justifications for Use Permit and Special Development Permit

Justifications for Variance

Project Data Sheet for Residential Projects

Project Data Sheet for Non-Residential Projects

Storm Water Requirements

Environmental Information

Tree Removal Permit checklist

Building Plan Review

Residential Plan Review Checklist

Non-Residential Plan Review Checklist

Permit and Inspections

Extend or renew a building permit

Work not requiring a building permit

Inspection Information

General Design Criteria

  • Sunnyvale is located mostly in Seismic Design Category D, but some area are in a Seismic Design Category E. The design professional is responsible for justifying the Seismic Design Category selected for the specific project site.
  • Wind speed is 110 mph for Risk Category II building and 115 mph for Risk Category III and IV buildings (2013 CBC Figures 1609A, 1609B, and 1609C). Most areas of Sunnyvale can be classified as wind exposure category B; However, some areas may meet the criteria for exposure C. The design professional is responsible for justifying the exposure selected for the specific area of construction.
  • For additions and remodels, the soil bearing pressure is based on 1,500 pounds per square foot, unless a higher value is justified by a soils report. All new construction and basement additions require a soils report regardless of the soil bearing pressure used.
  • For retaining walls, lateral soil bearing pressure is based on 100 pounds per square foot per foot below natural grade, unless a higher value is justified by a soils report.
  • The climate zone is Zone 4.
  • Rainfall design is based on two inches of rainfall per hour.
  • All new projects include the Blueprint for a Clean Bay plan sheet with the approved set of plans.
  • The Blueprint for a Clean Bay contains requirements for storm drain and storm water runoff protection during construction.
  • Flood Zone Information
  • Licensed Professional Designer Requirements

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