Window and Door Replacement Permit

Why do I need this permit?

A building permit is required for some of the following reasons:
  • The Building Code regulates the amount of light and ventilation that must be provided for all habitable rooms as well as the minimum size for emergency exits from all bedrooms
  • The size of the opening and the overall size of the replacement windows and doors shall not be less than the size of the existing structures; If the rough framing around the structure is being changed or if an additional openings are installed in an existing exterior wall, the requirements of the current code must be met.
  • If the building is located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Area a permit is required and tempered glass must be installed.
  • EXCEPTION: If you are replacing window(s) or doors(s) including patio doors, but not altering the framing, commonly referred to as retrofit inserts, a building permit is not required, unless the building is located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Area.

How do I get this permit?

To submit a new building permit request, please visit Citizen AccessOnce on the website, create an account, log in to your account, select "Pre-Application," complete the form, upload the building permit application and any other supporting documentation, and continue the request until you receive the online confirmation. For more information, please visit the City's Online Permits webpage or send staff an email

Once submitted, staff will convert your online submittal to a building permit within a day. When the building permit is created, you will see it in your Citizen Access account under "My Records." Permitting staff will review your application and contact you with any questions about your request, as well as the permit fee and methods of payment. 

For more information, please contact Plans and Permits by email or at 510-494-4460.

What building inspections will I need?

Schedule the following inspections as needed:
  • For new construction there are three inspections needed, possibly four;
    • Rough frame – only required for new window openings or resizing of existing openings (inspection code 133)
    • Window flashing (inspection code 136)
    • Exterior lath (inspection code 146)
    • Final Inspection (inspection code 199)
  • For permits with a valuation over $1000 Residential Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm must be in place at time of final inspection.


This permit information can change at any time. Please contact the Development Services Center for the most current information.