Do I need a building permit?

Almost every construction project requires a permit. A Building permit is required for:

  1. Repairs, conversions, demolitions, changes in occupancy, additions and alterations.
  2. Plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and structural changes.
  3. Smaller projects such as roofs, sewer lines, and water heaters.
  4. Tenant improvements in commercial buildings for any proposed alterations or additions to the interior elements of an existing space which includes building components, electrical, mechanical and plumbing fixtures and equipment.
  5. Change in the permitted use ("Change in Use") or an increase in the permitted number of occupants ("Occupant Load") is proposed.
  6. Permanent and temporary signs.

If you're not sure whether you need a permit, contact the Building Division at 650-616-7074. Building is only one of the departments and/or agencies that may be involved in the approval process. Depending on the scope of your project, you may need approvals from other departments and agencies.

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