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Permit Center

Permit Center Access During Civic Center Construction
The City Hall building entrance and parking area on W. Olive Avenue is not available due to construction. Please use the entrance and parking area at 607 All America Way. For project and construction details, visit Civic Center Modernization.

Virtual Services During COVID-19

Planning Permits

We are accepting all staff-level, public hearing and emergency tree removal applications electronically.

Email completed applications to Planning:

  • Attach applications as a PDF (no larger than 3 MB) or send using a file-sharing link
  • ONLY virtual meetings will be held at this time.

Pandemic-related Temporary Permits

Temporary Outdoor Dining
Temporary Outdoor Business
Tents and Stage Permits

Reach Codes Could Affect Your Project

Reach codes affect residential and nonresidential new construction. They do not apply to remodels or alterations. The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved the City’s reach code ordinance. The ordinance is in effect as of Jan. 26, 2021.

Reach Codes Requirements - Single-Family Residential, Duplex, and Townhomes
Reach Codes Requirements - Nonresidential and Multi-Family


The One-Stop Permit Center at City Hall offers streamlined review of development projects and building plans.

Before You Begin Your Project

Each project has its own requirements. Before you get started on your project, you may wish to call or visit our One-Stop Permit Center. City employees will explain the process you must follow, what documents you'll need and whether your project will require plan review.

You may also check Permits (A-Z)
Hours of Construction and Posting Requirements

Hours Available at Counter
Weekdays, 8 a.m. to noon Fire Protection Engineer, Transportation and Traffic
Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon Plan Check Engineer
Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Building, Neighborhood Preservation, Housing
Weekdays, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Planning, Engineering

The One-Stop Permit Center is closed on weekends and City holidays.

Call us for more information: 408-730-7444

Building Permit Plan Check Process

Over-the-counter digital plan checks are available in the morning by appointment. Email to request an appointment and provide the following information:

  • Project type, square footage and address
  • Applicant name and phone number
  • Attendee name and phone number
 

We are accepting new digital residential and nonresidential plan checks. Here's what you need to do:


Larger projects are subject to more complex regulations and will require a longer review period. The extent of review required depends on the use or occupancy type of the structure, the location and the impact of construction on the environment.

Planning Application Submittal Process

We are accepting electronic submittals for all planning applications. Here's what you need to do:

Online Services

Do the following online:

  • Obtain minor building permits, such as for reroofing, water heater replacement or furnace replacement
  • Schedule building inspections
  • Review permit history
  • View zoning and parcel information
  • View plan check status

Access E-OneStop Online Services

Important Notice to Applicants for Commercial Building Permits and Business Licenses

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.

Learn about your legal obligations: Division of the State Architect Disability Access Laws Compliance

Last Updated: May 4, 2022
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