Step by step

Get a building permit

You must have a building permit to do construction.

Follow these steps to get a permit for most construction projects.

(If your project is only for an ADU and work related to ADU construction, start your application online. If your project is for a small business in the City, see if you can get your small business permits with 30-day review.)

1

Prepare for your construction project

Time:

2 to 4 hours

Your property and project plans affect what processes you must follow to get a building permit.

Prepare for your construction project

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2

Fill out forms about your role in the project

Time:

15 minutes to 1 hour

You must tell us about your role on the project to apply for a building permit. 

Fill out the package for your role. You will upload it when you apply for a building permit.

For owners, fill out the owner package.

For contractors, fill out the contractor statement.

For authorized agents, fill out the authorized agent form.

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and

Fill out the School Facility Fee form

Time:

10 minutes to 1 hour

You must fill out the School Facility Fee form.

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and

Fill out the Green Energy form

Time:

10 minutes to 1 hour

You must fill out our Green Energy forms.

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3

Fill out water use forms

Time:

30 minutes to 1 hour

If your construction project includes any water fixtures, a new fire sprinkler system, or a new utility line, fill out the water use forms.

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4

Register to track your construction waste

Time:

30 minutes

You must track your construction waste if your project is for:

  • New construction
  • Additions greater than 1,000 square feet
  • Remodels or alterations that cost $200,000 or more
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5

Review what information you need to apply for a building permit

Time:

30 minutes

You will need information about:

  • You and your project team
  • Building location
  • Project plan
  • Construction details

Check what you need to apply for a building permit

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6

Apply for a building permit

Cost:

Permit fees are 6 to 9% of building costs. Pay the first half when you apply.

Once you have followed all these steps, apply for your building permit.

Schedule an in-person appointment

Apply for a building permit online

 

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Last updated March 12, 2021