Building Division

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As part of the City’s response to COVID-19, the City has moved to modified operations through April 15, 2020 (Please note, this date may change). The City remains open, however operations will occur online at or over the phone at (650) 829-6670 to limit in-person contact.  You can reach us by phone 7:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday.  Essential services from first-responders will continue. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all do our part to address this global health crisis.


Applications for permits can be made online at: If you have any questions please call us at (650) 829-6670 or email us at In-person assistance is by appointment only. Thank you for your support, patience and understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience.


The Building Division is mandated by Health and Safety Code State laws and is responsible for:

  • Enforcing the California Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electric, Residential, and Energy Codes.These codes provide the minimum standards to safeguard life, property, and public welfare in buildings.    
  • Monitoring construction activity and determining that on-going construction projects have the required permits and conform to approved plans and conditions
  • Enforcing State-mandated requirements such as handicap accessibility and energy conservation regulations


The Building Division issues building permits and takes in plans for review. Our field inspectors verify compliance with various codes and ordinances in both residential and commercial structures.



  • What kind of permits can I apply for online?
  • What are the hours of construction?
  • How long will it take to get my permit?
  • How do I obtain a Building Permit?
  • I am building a new house. Which City departments do I contact?
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