Plan Check Review

New Residential Construction, New Commercial Construction, and Tenant Improvements with Exterior Modifications

The City of Fremont provides a one-stop coordinated process for the review of projects and building plans by an interdepartmental team. Staff consists of representatives from the Planning, Building, Engineering, Landscape, Environmental Services, Transportation and Fire Departments. This interdepartmental team reviews each project for compliance with:
  • Zoning
  • General Plan
  • State Building Code
  • Fire Code (including hazardous materials)
  • Landscape requirements
  • Various elements of the Fremont Municipal Code (including the Subdivision Ordinance, Street Right of Way, and Improvement Ordinances)
  • Environmental Services (Storm Water and Solid Waste)
  • Other established development policies

Required Reviews

Review is required for all new construction types, except for interior improvements and single-family detached homes not in a Planned District, Planned Unit Development, or the Hill Area.

​Minor Residential and Commercial Projects

Review for Minor Residential and Commercial Projects can be done over-the-counter by appointment only. Review the requirements and schedule an appointment by calling 510-494-4461.
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.


Review is required for any changes to approved plans the revision requirements can be found here


Please visit the Planning Review Permit page and scroll down to Building Permits with Concurrent Site Plan and Architectural Review (Submittal Requirements). You will find all the forms you need to get started.

Other Resources

The Application for Unreasonable Hardship Exception to Accessibility Requirements can be submitted to Plans and Permits Division for review. 

The Guide to Engineering & Land Surveying from the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors has answers to frequently asked questions and shows the codes that support the given answers. 

The Professional Design Limitations states when a professional designer is needed to prepare plans, drawings, or specifications as well as the limitations for unlicensed persons when preparing plans, drawings, or specifications.

For more information about this page, please contact Plans and Permits at 510-494-4460.