Building Permits

The first step for every applicant should be to find out what items will be required for the project. Most information can be found below. Online permitting will return in the fall of 2019 through a new permit platform known as MyGovernmentOnline (MGO). Until then, all permit applications must be submitted in person.

When is a Building Permit Required?

A building permit must be obtained before you erect, construct, enlarge, alter, move, repair, improve, convert, or demolish any building or structure, including decks over 30 inches high, patio covers, sheds over 120 square feet, fences over 6 feet high, and retaining walls more than 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.

How Do I Apply For a Building Permit?

Prior to submission to the Building Division, please check with the Planning Division to determine whether a Planning approval is required. Information regarding the land use and development requirements of your site may be obtained from the Planning Division. The Planning Division can be reached at 408-866-2140 or by email. General property information may be found on the Zoning and Land Use page.

All building permit applications require the completion of an application form and submission of required information. To apply for a permit, please bring your application and plans, together with the plan check fees and Planning Division approved plans and/or notifications, to the Building Division public counter. 

Depending on the type of work proposed, you may be required to submit construction plans. A list of plan requirements for different types of work may be found on the Building Applications and Handouts page. The Building Division, as well as other departments such as Planning, Fire, Utilities and Engineering, will perform a mandatory code compliance plan check for all submitted plans.

Depending on the type and complexity of the project, the City may:

  • Approve the permit over the counter
  • Identify additional information needed to continue the process
  • Route plans for review. When plans are approved, the applicant will be notified the permit is ready to be issued.

Upon the approval of the plans by all departments, and obtaining any necessary site clearance approval from the Engineering Department, a building permit can be issued.

When May I Pick Up My Building Permit?

Processing your building permit application varies depending on the seasonal work load and the complexity of your project. Normal processing takes two to four weeks. The plans will be checked for compliance with the California and local codes, Zoning Ordinance, and the Health Codes, etc. Any remaining fees, including the building permit fee, are payable prior to issuance of the building permit. Be advised that for residential additions of 500 square feet or more, and most commercial additions, a development fee is payable to the local school district. If needed, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits can be issued with the building permit.

What Building Codes are Applicable?

The City enforces the California codes and has adopted and amended the following codes:

Please refer to Campbell Municipal Code Chapter 18.04 (Building Code) for City's adoption of Codes listed below:

  • 2016 California Building Code
  • 2016 California Residential Code
  • 2016 California Electrical Code
  • 2016 California Mechanical Code
  • 2016 California Plumbing Code
  • 2016 California Energy Code
  • 2016 California Historical Building Code
  • 2016 California Existing Building Code
  • 2016 California Green Building Standards Code

Please also refer to the following adopted Codes and City's amendments:

  • 1997 Uniform Administrative Code
  • 1997 Uniform Housing Code
  • 1997 Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings