Building & Safety

Building and Safety is a division of the Community Development Department and performs the following services for the Fremont community: Plans and Permits, Building Inspection, and Code Enforcement.

**Important Notices**

Development Services Center Remains Temporarily Closed

The City’s Development Services Center will remain closed to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of employees and the community. The Center will remain closed until further notice, and the majority of City staff will be working remotely. Updates on reopening will be made available on this webpage. Since construction projects are still allowed to proceed in Fremont per State and County guidelines, the City is encouraging the public to use online permit services available on Citizen Access, the City's public permit portal. Building Inspection and Code Enforcement services will not be impacted by the closure of the Development Services Center. For more information, please contact the Center at 510-494-4443 or by email.

Online Permits and Payments Using Citizen Access

The City has implemented an online submittal process for all new permit requests using the City's Citizen Access portal. The online submittal process should be used for all new permit requests including planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permits, and engineering permits. This includes building permits for basic home upgrade projects like water heater replacements, roof replacements, and minor kitchen/bathroom remodels. The City is also accepting online payments for permit fees through Citizen AccessFor more information, please visit the City's Online Permits webpage.

Electronic Plan Review Launching March 1

On March 1, 2021, the City will be launching Electronic Plan Review (ePR) for planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permits, and engineering permitsWhen requesting one of these types of permits, applicants will be able to use the City’s online permitting portal, Citizen Access, to submit their project plans and connect with City staff on the review process. The new process will eliminate the need for applicants to provide resource-intensive paper plans and documents and allow for a more efficient and transparent permit processing system. The City will continue to issue reminders about this upcoming launch. For more information, please visit the City's ePR webpage

Building Inspection Services

To align with the revised Alameda County Shelter in Place Order, the City is expanding building inspection services for construction projects that comply with the Order and follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included in the Order. Building inspections are available for all projects. Inspections can be scheduled online through the City’s Citizen Access portal or by phone at 510-494-4885. 

New Remote Procedures for Design Review Inspections

All new buildings, additions to buildings, and building site improvements require design review inspections by City staff. Design review inspections for buildings under construction are now being handled remotely using photographs provided by the project contractor. Applicants should send an email with their permit number, project address, and photographs. For more information, please contact design review staff at 510-494-4480 or by email.

Remote Video Building Inspections

The City is now offering remote video building inspections for the following single family residential projects: reroofs, water heater replacements, air conditioning upgrades, and furnace replacements. Inspections are performed using the FaceTime (iOS) or Google Duo (Android) app. For more information, please visit the Video Inspections webpage or contact Building Inspection at 510-494-4400 or by email.

Plans and Permits

The Plans and Permits team processes permits, reviews plans, and issues permits for construction projects within the City of Fremont. Plans and permit applications can be submitted online at Citizen Access or in person at the Development Services Center.

Plans and Permits

Building Inspection

Inspections are performed to ensure that each construction project is in compliance with the approved plans, specifications, and codes. Inspections are required for all building permits and can be scheduled online or by calling 510-494-4885. For commercial AFES, fire alarm, and fire code inspections, contact us via email or by calling 510-494-4428. 
Building Inspection
Code Enforcement
The Code Enforcement team enhances safety within the community and protects property values. Residents can report issues like blighted properties, dangerous buildings, and unsanitary homes. Concerns can be submitted online or by calling 510-494-4430.
Code Enforcement
Citizen Access
Citizen Access is the City's online permit portal for new permit requests, looking up permitting information on a specific property, checking on the status of a permit, paying permit fees, requesting a building inspection, and submitting a concern to Code Enforcement. Citizen Access is quick, convenient, and easy to use. To get started, visit
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Civic Insight
Civic Insight is the City's interactive map that plots major development (vertical construction) permit activity citywide over the past 10 years. For minor permit activity (e.g., solar, home occupation, encroachment permits), use Citizen Access
Civic Insight