Submitting for Permits

A permit package can be submitted utilizing ONLINE APPLICATION REQUEST and/or E*PERMIT.  To determine which method to use review the submittal requirements applicable to the proposed scope of work.  Due note, plans will only be accepted electronically.

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.

ONLINE application request 

Visit main Building Inspection Division website to access the application request form for new and existing development applications:  Main Webpage (click here)    



These permits are only available on-line for Single Family Homes. Any permits for Multi-Family and Commercial Buildings must be submitted through the online application request process located on the main Building Division website.  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  


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