Upgrading Your Home?

A Building Permits May be Required
A building permit is needed for all new construction or alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, or repair of existing homes, buildings or structures.

Kitchen and bathroom remodels, door and window replacements are some common home remodel upgrades that require a permit.

When Don't You Need a Permit?
See Construction work you can do without a permit

If you are still unsure if you need a permit or need additional information regarding permit requirements, please contact Plans & Permits at 510-494-4460.

Acquiring a Permit
An owner or contractor can obtain a permit by filing a Building Permit Application and submitting it to the Development Services Center.

Benefits of Pulling a Permit
  • Staff will examine your plans and drawings for compliance with California Building and Residential codes and regulations.
  • City inspectors will visit the residence or job site to inspect the work to ensure that the construction matches the plans and complies.
These regulatory services can help prevent potentially fatal fires, leaks that cause damage, inadequate structural conditions, and other hazards caused by not complying with the minimum standards in the codes.

Note: Building inspectors do not get involved in disputes between contractors and property owners and are not authorized to comment on the quality of work performed by the contractor.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarms must be in place at the time of final inspection.