Online Express Permits

The City of Fremont is pleased to announce that starting Monday, March 4, 2019, Fremont residents planning simple upgrades to their home can obtain the necessary building permits online.

As the City streamlines the permitting process for these types of express permits, the option to obtain these permits by fax will no longer be available. The City is encouraging applicants to start using the easier online process. It improves customer flow at the permitting counter, saves time and money, and reduces paper clutter. It’s a win-win for the City and the Fremont community!
New Online Resources
Online express permits are available for the following residential projects:

To get started, applicants need to submit a Building Permit Application and any supporting documentation by email to The turnaround time for issuance of online express permits is within 1 to 2 business days.

Please note that for online residential solar permits, applicants must email

For more information, email or call Plans and Permits at 510-494-4460.