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Posted on: April 13, 2020

City of Fremont Accepting Pre-Applications Online for Planning, Building, and Engineering Permits

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Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, the City of Fremont is accepting online pre-applications for planning, building, and engineering permits. The pre-application is available on the City’s Accela Citizen Access (ACA) online portal. The new pre-application allows City staff to create permit records while working remotely during the Shelter in Place Order issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Most City facilities, including the Development Services Center located at 39550 Liberty St., remain closed to align with the County Order, which is currently in effect through May 3, 2020.

To submit a pre-application for a new planning, building, or engineering permit, applicants need to be a registered Accela Citizen Access (ACA) user. The steps for registration and submittal of the pre-application are outlined below.

  • Create an ACA account at www.Fremont.gov/CitizenAccess. For help or questions, send an email
  • Log in to ACA account.
  • Select “Pre-Application.”
  • Complete the pre-application form. Attach all required submittal documents.
  • Submit the pre-application.

For information about the different permits and the required submittal documents, please visit the following webpages or use the contact information to connect with staff.

Please note that for solar permits, applicants can still submit their permit application by email. For express permits for projects like water heater replacements and roof replacements, applicants can also submit their application by email

After a pre-application is received, City staff will follow up with the applicant within one week. Staff will provide information on the required permit fee, a list of any missing submittal materials, and the permit record number. Once the permit fee is paid and all required materials are submitted, staff will route the project for permit review. Once the permit review is complete and the City’s Development Services Center reopens, staff will contact the applicant to schedule issuance of the permit to allow the project to move forward.

During the City closure, staff is able to process permits for essential or emergency type construction projects that are allowed under the County’s Shelter in Place Order. Staff is currently expediting the permitting process for these projects; conducting building inspections by video or by following social/physical distancing requirements and hygiene protocols; and issuing permits. If a pre-application is received for this type of essential/emergency project, the applicant will be promptly contacted and an expedited permitting process will be initiated. For more information on what types of construction projects are allowed in Fremont under the County Order, please review our news article.

The City is pleased to offer this online pre-application process for planning, building, and engineering permits. The process allows for staff to continue working remotely during the City closure and for projects to promptly move forward once the Development Services Center reopens and all construction and development services resume.

For more information on essential services and updates on how the City of Fremont is monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the City’s Coronavirus webpage.


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