The Department of Building Inspection reviews every building permit application for life safety and building code compliance.
Review these instructions to prepare the right forms and submit your application for an In-House Project. We accept In-House Projects for electronic plan review (EPR) or with paper plans.
Follow this process if you are adding an accessory dwelling unit or a Development Agreement project or Affordable Housing.
For all other projects, follow these steps to submit your In-House Project.
Decide if your project needs a Full or Site Permit
The first step is to decide whether to apply for a Full Permit or a Site Permit.
This is an important decision as it determines the process for reviewing a project. It cannot be changed without resubmitting the permit application.
Most customers prefer the more condensed Full Permit process. Projects with more iterative design and engineering may be better served by the Site Permit process. These are often projects that will cost more than $25 million. (See more details in the Administrative Bulletin 032.)
Full Permit requirements
- Initial submittal includes: Architectural, Structural and Mechanical/Electrical plans, and Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency information
- Two payments: initial filing fee and issuance fee
Site Permit requirements
- Initial submittal limited to Architectural plans, other plans can follow after issuance of site permit as addendums
- Four payments: filing fee, issuance fee, addendum submittal fee, addendum issuance fee
- Addendum schedule and submittals for Structural and Mechanical/Electrical plans, and Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency information. Plan Check supervisor advance approval needed for multiple addendum submittals.
Fill out the building permit application form for your project
Pick the form that applies to your project.
- Form 1/2: New construction (new building for single-family residence, multi-family residence, commercial)
- Form 3: All other construction work in any type of building
- Form 4: Sign permit
- Form 5: Grading/Excavation permit
- Form 6: Demolition of an entire building
Fill out the form completely.
Fill out the project application
Fill out the School Facility Fee form
You must fill out the School Facility Fee form for these projects:
- New construction
- Horizontal or vertical additions
- Building enlargement
Fill out the Green Energy form
You must fill out our Green Energy forms.
Fill out water use forms
If your construction project includes any water fixtures, a new fire sprinkler system, or a new utility line, fill out the forms from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
Register to track your construction waste
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
Provide plans created by an architect, engineer or designer
Submit your application
Prepare your documents and email them.
For electronic plan review (EPR), email us at email@example.com.
Submit only 1 project per email.
Use this email subject line: New In-House Review Permit Request - [insert property address].
Include all requested documents.
We will check your documents and email you your filing fee invoice.
(To request paper plan review, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Pay filing fee invoice
After we will review all your documents, we will email you an invoice with your filing fee.
You must pay your filing fee for your permit application to be processed. Then we will route your application to plan check.
Your filing fee will depend on whether you are doing a full or site permit. Permit fees are between 7-9% of construction costs.
Review by required stations
Your plans must follow City codes for neighborhood development and building safety.
We review all applications to make sure they follow these codes. Our review will include:
- Quality review
- Routing to other City agencies, as required
- Plan review with applicant or agent in Bluebeam (our plan review system)
Track your building permit application in our permit tracking system (PTS).
If you need help beyond permit tracking, email email@example.com.
Respond to plan checker comments
If your plans need revisions, you must stay with EPR or paper, based on how you submitted your plans.
For EPR, upload your revisions in Bluebeam. (Learn how we use Bluebeam.)
For paper, submit revised paper plans only to assigned plan checker directly by appointment.
Pay remaining fees and permit issuance
We will e-mail you your next invoice and your final forms about your role on the project.
Construction can start after receiving a job card. Call or email us to schedule the appropriate inspections during your construction project.
Submitting Addenda for an approved Site Permit originally submitted on paper, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitting Addenda for a previously submitted EPR project, email email@example.com.
Apply for other City permits if needed
Once you have your construction document, you may need to apply for a street space permit to use street space during construction.
Once you have your construction document, you may need to apply for trade permits, like plumbing and electrical.
You will need to apply for separate permits for:
Last updated November 5, 2021