Building & Safety



The Building Division permit counter in the Permit Center will be closed briefly every business day (see below) from February 20, 2023 – April 3, 2023 due to major electronic permit software system upgrading and related intensive staff training.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 

9:00 am-10:00am and 2:00 pm-3:00pm


Appointments and walk-ins for Building permits and related inquiries are still available Monday through Thursday before or after the temporary closure times above. 

Planning and Engineering appointments and walk-ins are unaffected by this temporary closure. 

Thank you for your patience as the Building Division undergoes this necessary system overhaul to improve permitting customer service delivery.  


To make an appointment visit:

The Permit Center is Open for In-Person Services

Walk-ins are welcome but customers with appointments will be given preference. The cut off for walk-ins is 3:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 2:30pm on Wednesday. The Permit Center is closed on Fridays. Permit Center is closed at lunchtime from 12 pm to 1 pm.


Schedule an in-person counter appointment online

Permit Center

Building and Safety Services oversees the department's Permit Center. Residents and businesses come to the Permit Center to process building permit applications, answer questions regarding current building codes, and plan submittal requirements. Building and Safety Services also oversees the Federal Floodplain Program and the Earthquake Retrofit Program.

Accela Online Schedule System

Inspection Scheduling

To schedule a Fire Inspection, contact the Fire Prevention Office at 510-577-3317.

Do you need to schedule a building inspection? Go to our Accela System to schedule your appointment online.

If you have trouble using the online permit system, please call us at 510-577-3405.

Contractor Information

Building permits can only be issued to a licensed contractor or a property owner. To verify contractor license information, go to the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board page.