Building & Safety

Building and Safety is a division of the Community Development Department and performs the following services for the Fremont community: Plans and Permits, Building Inspection, and Code Enforcement.

**Important Notices**

Development Services Center Open

To help construction projects move forward in Fremont and provide an alternative to online services, the City’s Development Services Center is open to the public; however, services and staffing are limited. For more information, please read this City news article

Online Permits

The City has implemented an online submittal process for all new permit requests using the City's Citizen Access portal. The online submittal process should be used for all new permit requests including planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permits, and engineering permits. This includes building permits for basic home upgrade projects like water heater replacements, roof replacements, and minor kitchen/bathroom remodels. For more information, please visit the City's Online Permits webpage.

Online Payments for Permits

The City is accepting online payments for permit fees through Citizen Access. Payments can be submitted for planning permits, building/fire permits, and engineering permits. For more information, please read this City news article.

Building Inspection Services

To align with the revised Alameda County Shelter in Place Order, the City is expanding building inspection services for construction projects that comply with the Order and follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included in the Order. Building inspections are available for all projects. Inspections can be scheduled online through the City’s Accela Citizen Access portal or by phone at 510-494-4885.

New Remote Procedures for Design Review Inspections

All new buildings, additions to buildings, and building site improvements require design review inspections by City staff. Design review inspections for buildings under construction are now being handled remotely using photographs provided by the project contractor. Applicants should send an email with their permit number, project address, and photographs. For more information, please contact design review staff at 510-494-4480 or by email.

For more information and updates to City services, please visit the City's Coronavirus webpage.

Plans and Permits

The Plans and Permits team processes permits, reviews plans, and issues permits for construction projects within the City of Fremont. Plans and permit applications can be submitted via email or in person at the Development Services Center.

Plans and Permits

Building Inspection

Inspections are performed to ensure that each construction project is in compliance with the approved plans, specifications, and codes. Inspections are required for all building permits and can be scheduled online or by calling 510-494-4885. For commercial AFES, fire alarm, and fire code inspections, contact us via email or by calling 510-494-4428. 
Building Inspection
Code Enforcement
The Code Enforcement team enhances safety within the community and protects property values. Residents can report issues like blighted properties, dangerous buildings, and unsanitary homes. Complaints can be submitted online or by calling 510-494-4430.
Code Enforcement
Citizen Access
Introducing Citizen Access, the City of Fremont’s new online tool for submitting a pre-application for permits, looking up permitting information on a specific property, checking on the status of a permit, requesting a building inspection, and submitting a concern to Code Enforcement. Citizen Access is quick, convenient, and easy to use. To get started, visit
Accela Citizen Access
Civic Insight
Civic Insight, the City's new interactive map that plots major development (vertical construction) permit activity citywide over the past 10 years. For minor permit activity (e.g., solar, home occupation, encroachment permits), use Citizen Access
Civic Insight


Tell Us How We Are Doing!

We are continually trying to improve our services. If you obtained a permit within the last year, please take a moment to complete our quick online survey. Thank you!