Building Permits and Inspections

Now accepting inspection requests online!

Building Permits are required for all buildings or structures which are to be altered, repaired, enlarged, improved upon or converted, or where any change in the size of a room takes place or any electrical or plumbing work is involved.

Some examples of projects requiring building permits are:
  • Room Additions
  • Interior Remodels
  • Window/Door Installation
  • Drainage Systems
  • Decks
  • Spas/Swimming Pools
  • Foundation Repairs
  • Driveways
  • Termite Repairs
  • Roof Replacement
  • Water Heater Installation
  • Electrical Upgrades
  • Siding Installation

Building Inspections

To schedule an inspection, please fill out our Inspection Request Form online , or call us at 510-215-4360.

Please keep in mind that during the summer, due to the high volume of work underway across the City, it may not possible to get an inspector out until two to three days after request. On the day of your inspection, make sure that the permit and approved plans are available at your project site and that the work for which you called an inspection has been completed. There is no penalty for cancelling and rescheduling an inspection.

Building Permit Information

Building Permit Application Form - Cover form for all building permits

Plan Submittal Checklist - Checklist listing submittal requirements for most building permits.

Owner-Builder Information

Owner-Builder Web Page and Form
Additional form if the project is being completed by an owner-builder.

Special Study Map

Slide Zone or Seismic Zone Special Study Map
Map showing areas of the city that are subject to additional study. Please see Checklist for more information.
Before commencing construction it is recommended that you contact the City Building Division to make certain that a building permit is required and for information on Building Division requirements for residential and commercial buildings including new dwellings, additions, remodels, alterations, and repairs.

Additionally, before a building permit can be issued by the Building Division, information concerning zoning regulations must be obtained from the Planning Division and adhered to for those projects requiring zoning clearance prior to a building permit being issued (new dwellings, additions, fences, decks, carports, garages, etc.) Zoning regulations include but are not limited to minimum distances or setbacks from the property lines for buildings/accessory structures, fences/decks as well as maximum height restrictions.