Plan Check Review
**Important Notice: Electronic Plan Review (ePR) (Launching March 1, 2021)**
Beginning March 1, 2021, all new requests for planning permitsbuilding/fire permitssolar permitsengineering permits will be processed through Electronic Plan Review (ePR). When 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. All requests already in process on March 1 are not required to conform to the ePR document requirements. For more information, please visit the City's Electronic Plan Review webpage.
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:
- 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
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 ProjectsReview for Minor Residential and Commercial Projects can be done 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.
RevisionsReview is required for any changes to approved plans. The revision requirements can be found here.
Some projects are permitted to submit for concurrent review for both a planning permit (Ministerial Design Review) and building permit. Common projects that qualify for concurrent review include new accessory dwelling units, single-story additions to single-family homes (regardless of size), industrial/commercial tenant improvements, and industrial/commercial site improvements. To find out if your specific project is eligible for concurrent review, contact Planning by email or by calling 510-494-4455.
To submit a concurrent review application, you must submit the following:
- Completed Universal Planning Application with all required Planning submittal items for “Ministerial Design Review” (reference Universal Application, page 7)
- Completed Building Permit Application with all required submittal items for a building permit
- Request for Concurrent Processing
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.