NOTICE: City Hall remains closed to the public. However, permit applications are now being accepted online. Under the revised Shelter-in-Place order, construction activity may resume in accordance with specified safety protocols. For more information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, CLICK HERE.
As of May 4, 2020, all permit applications submitted to the Building Inspection Division will be accepted through the City’s new MyGovernmentOnline (MGO) permitting platform. Before you submit a permit application for the first time, you must create a user account. For more information, please visit the City’s Application Center.
The MGO system organizes building permit applications into nine general groups, such as commercial remodels, new single-family residential construction, MEP permits, etc. This page provides "Building Application Guides" for each permit application group, as described below. The guides provide the specific submittal requirements for each applicable permit group as well as other useful information. Please note that you do not need to apply for a specific type of building permit. Only a complete application submittal into the correct permit application group is required. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Building Inspection Division at (408) 866-2130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Trade Permits (MEP)
Single-Family Residential Remodel
New Single-Family Residential Construction
This guide is used for routine mechanical, electrical, and plumbing permits such as those for water heater installations, electrical service upgrades, reroofing, sewer line repair, and similar job types.
This guide is used for interior residential remodels (kitchens, bathrooms, whole house), creation of interior accessory dwelling units (ADUs) (including “garage conversions”) and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs), exterior remodels including new porches and patios, window replacements, foundation repairs, and installation of sunrooms, stucco/siding upgrades.
This guide is used for construction of a new single-family dwellings, including detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs), as well as additions to existing single-family homes, including attached ADUs.
New Commercial Construction
Grading and Site Improvements
This guide is used for commercial tenant improvements (TI), including “market-ready” interior demolition work, and change of occupancies without construction, as well as exterior storefront remodels/change-outs.
This guide is used for construction of new “commercial” structures, including office, retail, industrial, apartment, townhome, and condominium buildings, as well as institutional, educational, governmental, and wireless telecommunication facilities (free-standing poles and building-integrated systems).
This guide is used for voluntary accessibility “ADA” site improvements (e.g., parking stalls, paths-of-travel, ramps), parking lot repaving/restriping, and grading and site improvements associated with an entitled development project.
Simple Construction - Part I
Simple Construction - Part II
This guide is used for various “simple” construction jobs, including construction of walls, fences, electric gates, accessory structures, and swimming pools, as well as installation of signs, generators, and diesel tanks.
This guide is used for other “simple” construction jobs, including photovoltaic (PV) systems, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, energy storage systems (ESS), and rooftop and façade-mounted wireless telecommunications facilities (including EFRs).
This guide is used for whole or partial demolition of existing buildings, including unpermitted work, as well as removal of existing pools, spas, and septic tanks.
This guide is used for various miscellaneous requests and permits, including a completed work on an expired permit, emergency repairs, alterations to existing fire systems, appeals of Building Official decisions, and “Determination of a New Dwelling” (to determine whether an addition and remodel job is so extensive as to constitute construction of a new house).