Development Services Center
Development Services Center
The City's Development Services Center (DSC) is a one-stop shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving permit applications and construction documents for all types of projects. Zoning, Planning, Engineering, and Building Inspection staff members are available to answer questions and assist you.
Please be advised that City of Fremont offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25, 2021 and Friday, November 26, 2021 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The City’s online permitting portal, Citizen Access, will be taken offline for the Thanksgiving holiday closure. Citizen Access will be unavailable starting Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. through Monday, November 29, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. Online requests for permits (Building, Planning, and Engineering permits) and building inspections will not be available during this time. Please take this into consideration when planning for your project. The City’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system will still be available during the closure to request a building inspection. Anyone who needs to schedule an inspection can call 510-494-4885.
Operating Schedule for Development Services Center
The City continues to enhance access to online services to make it easier and more convenient for the public. As the use of online services increases, the City anticipates that the need for in-person services may begin to decrease. As a result, the City is implementing a pilot plan for reopening the Development Services Center. The plan is outlined below and subject to change. Any updates will be available on this webpage.
The Development Services Center, located at 39550 Liberty Street is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the Center is closed while staff focuses on processing online submittals for permits. City staff from the different divisions within the Center are available by phone or email to provide assistance. View a list of contact information. All visitors are required to wear a face mask, even if they are fully vaccinated.
As previously noted, while the City is pleased to restore in-person services, those needing building, planning or engineering permits also have the option of utilizing online permit services.
Online Permits and Payments Using Citizen Access
Electronic Plan Review
The City is now using Electronic Plan Review (ePR) for planning permits, building/fire permits, solar permits, and engineering permits. When requesting one of these types of permits, applicants are able to use the City’s online permitting portal, Citizen Access, to submit their project plans and connect with City staff on the review process. The new process eliminates the need for applicants to provide resource-intensive paper plans and documents and allows for a more efficient and transparent permit processing system. For more information, please visit the City's ePR webpage.
Building permits are needed for all new construction or alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, or repair of existing homes, buildings, or structures.
To apply for a building permit, use the online submittal process
- Monday & Wednesday:
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
- Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday:
Citizen Access is the City's online portal for submitting a new permit request, paying permit fees, 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. Visit Fremont.gov/CitizenAccess to get started.
The permitting Self-Help Center within the City’s Development Services Center offers computers for the public to be able to research properties in Fremont. The public can look up permit records using the City’s public permitting portal, Citizen Access, and review microfilm of plans and documents. To use the Self-Help Center, visitors must schedule an appointment. For more information, please visit the City's Self Help Center webpage.
- Building Permit Fee Schedule
- Development Impact and Affordable Housing Fees (effective August 2, 2021)
- Development and Permit Fees in Master Fee Schedule
- Electrical Code Review and Permit Fee Schedule
- Fire Code / Alarm / AFES Application and Permit Fee Schedule
- Mechanical Code Review and Permit Fee Schedule
- Plumbing Code Review and Permit Fee Schedule
Tell Us How We Are Doing!
We are continually trying to improve our services. If you were issued a permit within the last year, please take a moment to take our quick survey. Thank you!