Over-the-counter (OTC) permits
The Department of Building Inspection reviews every building permit application for life safety and building code compliance. We provide over-the-counter review for simple permit applications. Drop-in at the Permit Center to submit your application.
Start a building permit application
Instant online building permits
Register with the City as a licensed contractor
You can file electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and Boiler to Operate permits online, if you register.
Electronic plan review
Learn about our building permit review processes
We review every building permit application for life safety and building code compliance.
Add our Back Check page to your plans
You must add our Back Check page PDF to submit plans in Bluebeam, our electronic plan review software.
Resubmit plans for a building permit application
Follow our instructions to upload revisions for non-licensed Bluebeam users or Mac users.
Track your building permit application
Find building permits for current and past construction projects in our permit tracking system (PTS).
Get a permit to build a sign
Follow our processes to fill out the right forms, prepare your plans, and come to the Permit Center.
Prepare for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) project
Decide if you want to add an ADU and prepare your application.
We are open for in-person building permit services. See critical visit info and current wait times.
Electronic plan review (EPR) resources
Training materials and resource guides for building permit Electronic Plan Review.
The Department of Building Inspection and the Permit Center accept some building permit applications online.
The City updated building codes in 2019. The updated codes were effective January 1, 2020.
The City requires you to pay building permit fees for all projects. Find the relevant fees for your project.
The Fire Department reviews plans for buildings with 3 or more residential units.
Follow these requirements to protect our water, energy efficiency, and sewer system function.
If you are not registered with the City, schedule your building inspection on the phone or in-person.