Building & Safety Division
Electronic File Submittal Guidelines
The following guidelines are for Applicants submitting electronic files:
- All files must be in PDF format
- Do not enable security on the PDF file that prevents mark-up, printing or collating
- Files that are locked from performing any of the above may be rejected without any further review
- Plan sets MUST be combined into a single PDF Document, sorted in the same order as a physical plan set (8.5 x 11 documents on top and larger plans sets at the bottom)
- Documents should be book marked and titled with descriptive names to ensure efficient processing and review time
- Ensure pages within the plan set are rotated properly
For Answers to Commonly Asked Questions Please Visit:
For General Questions or to book an Inspection Appointment, please call (408) 846-0451.
The Building and Safety Division applies building regulations to promote health and safety in all private and public buildings to ensure that new and existing buildings and structures are safe and suitable for their intended uses. We are committed to fulfilling our community's needs, preserving the City's quality of life and contributing to the city's economic development. We strive to provide customers exceptional personalized customer service that creates a pleasant experience and a predictable timeline and solutions in a manner that instills public trust and confidence while exceeding service expectations for all projects.
Services We Provide
- Building Permitting - Process and issue permits for all new development and renovation projects in a timely manner.
- Plan Review - Review all new development and renovation projects to assure compliance to State and City Codes.
- Building Inspections - Inspect all new development and renovation projects to assure compliance with the approved plans.
We hope our website provides the information you are seeking and guides you through your project . If you need additional information or have any comments please contact us at (408) 846-0451.
Customer satisfaction surveys are available at the front counter. Please fill them out to let us know how we are doing and how we can improve. You may also send your comments using the contact information to the right.
Important Notice For Applicants of Commercial Construction:
California Assembly Bill 3002 went into effect on January 1, 2019, requiring cities and counties to provide additional information regarding disability access requirements and related resources to business owners applying for commercial construction permits. Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.
To read Assembly Bill 3002 click here. Pursuant to California law, this informational notice will also be available in the near future in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Korean.
You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:.
When Is a Building Permit Required?
A permit is required for projects such as new construction, additions, remodeling, repairs, and extensions to electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- New homes and buildings
- Room additions
- Enclosures and carports
- Decks and patio covers
- Garage conversions
- Landscape irrigation
- Retaining walls
- Window replacements
- Water services
- Sewer services
- Fences over seven feet
- Masonry walls
- Fireplaces and fireplace inserts
- Shower/tub enclosure replacements
- Swimming pools and spas
- Ceiling fans
- Furnace and water heater replacements or additions
Persons wishing to obtain a building permit must visit the Community Development Counter at City Hall. Depending upon your project, a planning process may also be required prior to the building permitting process.
When is a BUILDING Permit Not Required?
In some cases, a building permit is not necessary. However, planning regulations and permitting requirements may apply. Please contact the planning division at (408) 846-0440 to determine applicable regulations prior to constructing any structures or painting the exterior of any building.
A building permit is not required for:
- One story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, etc., providing the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet and there is no electrical, plumbing or mechanical in the building.
- Wood fences seven feet and less in height. However, front and side yard fences may have height and setback requirements. For these fences please check with Planning and Engineering.
- Interior painting, papering, and similar finish work.
I’ve Already Started my Project Without a Building Permit. Now What?
If construction on a project commences without proper permitting, your project may be delayed until such time that we can determine how to assist you to get your project moving forward properly in accordance with current planning and building regulations. If your project receives a red tag or placard to stop work please contact our Building Division at 408-846-0451 to determine the proper procedures to move forward.
I’m Still Not Sure if My Project Requires a Building Permit?
When in doubt about whether or not your project requires a permit, please call 408-846-0451 to speak with one of our experienced building division employees to determine your City Permit needs.