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Development Services Center


The Development Services Center (DSC) is a one-stop shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving applications and construction documents for all types of projects. ZoningPlanningEngineering, and Building Inspection staff members are available to answer questions and assist you.

**Important Notices**


Development Services Center Closed March 16 to May 3, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16 through Sunday, May 3, 2020, most City of Fremont facilities are closed to the public to align with the Shelter in Place Order issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Development Services Center located at 39550 Liberty Street in Fremont is closed. The Development Services Center is the City's one-stop shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving permit applications and construction documents for all types of projects. During this closure, the City will not be processing permits.

Staff are available by phone or email to provide assistance and answer questions. Please see the contact information below.

  • Building Inspection: 510-494-4400 or email
  • Code Enforcement: 510-494-4430 or email
  • Development Services Center: 510-494-4443 or email
  • Housing: 510-494-4500 or email
  • Planning: 510-494-4440 or email
  • Plans and Permits: 510-494-4460 or email
  • Sustainability: email

For more information and updates to City services, please visit the City's Coronavirus webpage.

Remote Video Building Inspections

On March 31, 2020, the Alameda County Public Health Department extended the current Shelter in Place Order through May 3, 2020 to continue to limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In order to keep City employees and the community safe during this time, the City of Fremont is offering Remote Video Building Inspections for limited types of construction projects that are allowed to proceed under the Shelter in Place Order.

Building Inspection is offering these live video call inspections to the public using the following apps: FaceTime (iOS) and Google Duo (Android). In order to connect to the video call and interact with the Building Inspector, customers should use a smartphone or tablet with a 4G or 5G wireless service connection.

Types of Inspections Considered for Remote Video Inspections

  • Emergency electrical service or panel replacement
  • Emergency utility service release due to storm damage
  • Emergency water heater replacement
  • Emergency furnace replacement
  • Kitchen and bathroom work under construction if necessary for habitability (i.e., the only bathroom or kitchen in the home)
  • Emergency commercial refrigeration replacement
  • Emergency roof repair due to storm damage
  • Emergency plumbing repair
  • Underground trench work for buildings currently under construction to safeguard open trenches

For more information, please visit our City News Brief.

To schedule a Remote Video Building Inspection, please contact Building Inspection Manager Kono Soong by email.

Building Permits

 
Visit the DSC to obtain a building permit through the Plans and Permits Division. Building permits are needed for all new construction or alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, or repair of existing homes, buildings, or structures. To apply for a permit, bring the completed application and your plans to the DSC. The amount of time it takes to review plans and issue a permit will depend on the type of project. For more information, contact the Plans and Permits Division at 510-494-4460.

Self-Help Center

 
Find useful information to research the zoning and permitting history of a building or project. You can also submit a record request form via fax at 510-494-4820 or via email at bldinfo@fremont.gov. In many instances, records can be copied for a nominal charge.

Business Hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Permit applications submitted less than one hour before closing may require an additional business day for processing.

Citizen Access


Introducing 
Citizen Access, the City of Fremont’s new online tool for looking up permitting information on a specific property, checking on the status of a permit, requesting a building inspection, and submitting a complaint to the City's Code Enforcement division. Citizen Access is quick, convenient, and easy to use. Visit Fremont.gov/CitizenAccess to get started.



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  • Submit your project plans by email.
  • Over-the-counter plan check appointments can also be scheduled during normal office hours. Call 510-494-4461 or email dsc_recep@fremont.gov to schedule an appointment you will receive a response within 24 hours.
  • Please be advised that expedited plan check reviews are not available at this time. We will continue to monitor this and provide updates when available.