Building Permits

Building Permits

Building permits are the way the City regulates construction to ensure that it is safe for occupancy or use. This is done through the review of plans and periodic inspections to verify compliance with the current California Building Code and local regulations. Every permit requires a 
building inspection.

How to Obtain a Building Permit

New building permits can be requested online through the City's Citizen Access portal. Once on the website, take the following steps:

  • Create a Citizen Access account.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Select "Pre-Application."
  • Complete the Pre-Application form and upload the building permit application and other supporting documentation.
  • Continue the request until you receive the online confirmation.
To learn more about Citizen Access and how to use it, please view the City's Citizen Access FAQs. If you need additional assistance submitting your permit request, please send staff an email.

After a permit request is received, it will be converted to a standard permit. The applicant will see this standard permit in their Citizen Access account under “My Records.” City staff will then follow up with the applicant with questions about the request, a list of missing submittal documents, if any, the plan review fee/deposit, and methods of payment. Once payment is received, the request will be processed for review.

For more information, please visit the City's Online Permits webpage or contact 
Plans and Permits by email or at 510-494-4460.

Residential Express Permits

Residential Express Permits are available online through Citizen Access for basic home upgrades like installing a new water heater, roof, and air conditioning. View the steps for obtaining these types of building permits.

Common Building Permits

Permit Fees

For fee information, see the Fee Schedules.

Coordinating with Other Agencies

To assist you in obtaining your permits, coordination with outside agencies may be necessary. Visit our Agency Coordination List for the contact information of these different agencies.

Other Resources

California Green Building Standards

New green standards are in effect. See Recycling Requirements for Construction & Demolition Projects.

Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Projects for residential dwelling units with a valuation of $1,000 or greater require verification of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors. Please contact the Inspection Division at 510-494-4400 for detector requirements for your project.

Accela Citizen Access

Citizen Access Online Permitting Portal

  • Submit a permit request for planning, building, fire, solar, and engineering permits.
  • Pay permit fees.
  • Look up permitting information on a specific property.
  • Check on the status of a permit.
  • Request a building inspection.
  • Submit a concern to Code Enforcement.
  • Visit Access to get started.