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Permits/Plan Review

Permits/Plan Review

One-Stop Permit Center Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday  CLOSED

Green Building

The City of San Leandro has undertaken a number of green building efforts in the past few years, including a mandatory green building ordinance for City projects valued at over $3 million, voluntary green building guidelines for private development and, most recently, a requirement that a Green Building Checklist be completed, starting January 1, 2009, as part of any permit application submitted for projects that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Any new construction
  • Residential additions over 500 square feet
  • Any commercial/industrial projects over $100,000 in value

Click here for more information on Green Building.

When is a construction permit required?

A construction permit is required anytime a building or structure, or any electrical, plumbing or mechanical system, is to be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished. There are some exceptions to this requirement, such as replacement of kitchen cabinets or existing electrical fixtures. If you are planning a project, it's a good idea to contact the Permit Center to see if a permit will be required, at (510) 577-3420.

Where do I get a construction permit?

Construction permits may be applied for at the City's Permit Center at 835 East 14th Street in San Leandro. Construction permits for projects such as signs, termite repair work, window replacement, re-roofing, electrical service changes, furnace and water heater replacements, etc., are usually issued over the counter in a single visit to the Permit Center. Click here for Permit Center hours.

How much will a construction permit cost?

Building permit fees are calculated using a sliding scale, which is based on the construction valuation of each project. In the case of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits, the cost of each permit is determined by the actual type and quantity of fixtures and equipment being installed. Permit Center staff can calculate projected permit fees if you know the valuation or scope of the work you will be undertaking. Permit fee schedules are also available to allow you to do your own permit cost estimating.

When are plans or design drawings required for a construction permit?

Typically, plans, specifications, energy calculations, soils reports and other data are required whenever new construction work is proposed. The documentation is reviewed by all pertinent City departments to ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations before building permits are issued. Permit applicants should allow between five (5) to twenty (20) working days, depending on the complexity of the project, for initial plan review activities to be performed. In order to provide fast and efficient plan review services, we utilize in-house personnel as well as consultant agencies. Call us at (510) 577-3420 for help in reviewing what information you will need for your project.

Is an "over-the-counter" plan review possible?

An over-the-counter plan review is provided for the Residential Photovoltaic Electric Systems 10KW or less, Voluntary Seismic upgrade conforming to California Building Code Chapter A3 and BAAG Plan Set A.

How much does a plan review cost?

The fee for performing building code-related plan review is assessed at 80 percent of the building permit fee. When individual electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits require a plan review, the plan review fee is assessed based on actual staff time allocated to the review process. Fee schedules are available for your use.

What type of design information is required with a permit application?

Design information needed for a complete plan review depends on the nature of the proposed project. The Permit Center staff provides applicants with comprehensive "Plan Submittal Guidelines" for the following project types:

Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling 

Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris constitutes as much as 16% of the materials deposited in Alameda County landfills. C&D materials are easily recyclable if a project is planned well. And, contractors may save money by recycling rather than landfilling waste. In 2003, The City of San Leandro adopted a Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance to ensure that job site debris is recycled.  The Ordinance requires contractors to recycle 100% of all asphalt/concrete and 50% of all other C&D debris from construction and demolition projects valued at $100,000 or greater at the time the building permit is issued. The City now requires enrollment in the Green Halo Systems program, www.greenhalosystems.com, to keep track of construction debris recycling and disposal.

For more information, refer to Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling.



Plan Review/Permit Processing Staff

Melanie Braun, Permit / Plan Review Center Coordinator

(510) 577-3420


Matin Miraftab, Senior Plan Review Engineer           

(510) 577-3424


Florencio Alvarez, Associate Plan Review Engineer

(510) 577-3427


Lisa Silva Acosta, Permit Technician

(510) 577-3406


Cynthia Cuero, Permit Clerk

(510) 577-3345


Kimberly Freitas, Permit Technician

(510) 577-3404


Michele Smith, Kiosk Receptionist

(510) 577-3423



(510) 577-3419



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