Building & Safety


The Permit Center is Open for In-Person Services

Jan 18, 2022 Update: Appointments are required. No walk-ins are being accepted at this time. 

Due to limited staffing levels, the Permit Center is closed at lunchtime, from 12 pm to 1 pm. Upon arrival to City Hall, visitors will be asked to follow health protocols to help keep everyone safe and healthy. View more information on City Hall's reopening plan. We encourage everyone to continue accessing City services online, by email and by phone.

Permit Center address, hours, agencies

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.