Submitting for Building Permits


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Respectfully - S. Woodworth, Chief Building Official

Effective January 1, 2019


This bill would additionally require the above local jurisdictions issuing building permits for commercial construction or business licenses to make available a notice containing specified information regarding disability access. The bill would also require a local agency to provide the informational notice to an applicant for a commercial building permit or a business license.

The following resources shall assist with code requirements and project applicability:

State Legislative Bill AB 3002

Division of State Architect - CASp

Division of State Architect - Informational Bulletin


A permit package can be submitted utilizing one of these four methods, IN-PERSON, ONE-STOP, E*PERMIT and FAX.  To determine which method to use review the submittal requirements applicable to the proposed scope of work.  Due note, plans will not be accepted by mail.

Exterior modifications to buildings may require Planning review and approval prior to submittal to the Building Division. Please contact the Planning Division for specific requirements that might affect your project at (650) 903-6306.

If you have questions regarding the applicability of the submittal requirements for your project, please call the Building Division staff at (650) 903-6313 during regular phone hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

* Signing for a permit:  Verify the individual has legal authority to sign for a permit.  Review the Signing for Permit (Signature Authority) for qualifications and requirements.    


Building Inspection staff will evaluate your submittal package and verify it is complete.  If deemed complete the application will be accepted for plan check, a non-refundable plan check fee, based on the valuation of the project is due at this time.  If you need an estimate of your projects plan check fee, please call (650) 903-6313. 



The One-Stop program is designed to approve simple plans over the counter during a set appointment time.  For qualifying projects and submittal details please visit link ONE-STOP.  


These permits are only available on-line for Single Family Homes. Any permits for Multi-Family and Commercial Buildings must be obtained in person at the Building Division Counter.  To begin the Residential E-permitting process, please visit:  

 Below are permits that can be pulled on-line for your single family home.

  • Electrical
  • Furnace Replacement
  • Masonry Fireplace
  • Reroofing
  • Sewer Line
  • Tub and Shower Enclosures
  • Water Heater Replacement
  • Water Piping
  • Water Service Line

To use the e-permit service, you will need:

  • The project address
  • A valid email address
  • Visa/MasterCard for payment
  • Access to a printer  


Building permit applications faxed by 5:00pm are ready for pickup the following business day.  Below are the types of permit applications that may be faxed in:

  • Replacement of water heaters, furnaces or heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Reroof permits that do not require structural upgrades to the roof system.
  • Repair or replacement of gas, sewer, or water lines including repiping of water systems inside residential units.
  • Residential electrical service changes up to and including 200 Amps.
  • Residential chimney rebuilds.

To apply for permits by fax, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and print the Building Permit Application:  General Application Form    or   Commercial Application Form

                   * (PDF—47K) (Note: This version of the Building Permit Fax Application can be filled out and saved within Acrobat Reader.

  1. Fill out the form.
  2. Check that the printed form's required information is filled out correctly.
  3. Sign the application and fax the completed form to the Building Inspection Division at (650) 962-8501.
  4. Your permit will be available for pick up and payment in the Community Development Department located on the first floor of City Hall, City of Mountain View, 500 Castro Street.