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Development Services Center


The Development Services Center (DSC) is a one-stop shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving permit 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 Open for Business


To help construction projects move forward in Fremont and provide an alternative to online services, the City’s Development Services Center is open to the public; however, staffing is limited. To use the Self-Help Center, visitors must schedule an appointment. For more information, please visit the City's Self-Help Center webpage. To enter the building, all visitors are required to fill out a COVID-19 Screening Form. If you plan to visit the Center, please fill out this form before you enter the building. This requirement is part of the City's efforts to implement safety protocols that help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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.

Solar Installation Permits for 2020 Federal Solar Tax Credit


Those applying for solar installation permits who want to access the 2020 federal solar tax credit must submit their permit application and plans online by Friday, December 11, 2020. To submit this information, applicants can visit Fremont.gov/CitizenAccess. Building inspections for solar permits will have to be finalized by Wednesday, December 23, 2020 due to the City’s holiday closure.

Building Permits

 
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 building permit, use the online submittal process 
through the City’s Citizen Access portalFor more information, please visit the City's Online Permits webpage or contact the Plans and Permits Division at 510-494-4460.

Business Hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Citizen Access


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

Self-Help Center


The permitting Self-Help Center within the City’s Development Services Center offers computers for the public to be able to research properties in Fremont. The public can look up permit records using the City’s public permitting portal, Citizen Access, and review microfilm of plans and documents. To use the Self-Help Center, visitors must schedule an appointment. For more information, please visit the City's Self Help Center webpage.