Building and Safety Services

Building and Safety Services

Building and Safety


The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Permit Center staff are currently working in City Hall and remotely. Inspections and permits may be impacted during this time. We will continue to respond by email and phone during this period.             

For Building Division permitting and operating procedures for construction activities during this time information is located on Building's Forms, Fees and Facts page under "Building COVID-19 Procedures," Building is accepting applications by mail and email. Online applications are not currently available.


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 Flood Plain Program and the Earthquake Retrofit Program.

Building Permits

Melanie Braun,, (510) 577-3420
  Lisa Silva-Acosta,, (510) 577-3406
  Ericka DeGuzman-Quintero,, (510) 577-3345 
  Genevieve Meyer,  (510) 577-3404
Building Inspections Kathy Switzer,, (510) 577-3405
Building Code Enforcement, (510) 577-3344
Building Permit Status Check to see if a permit is in progress or has been issued with CityDash.


 General Information

Online Permit System by Accela 

Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program
through the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) 

City of San Leandro’s Home Earthquake Strengthening Course

The City of San Leandro is again offering it’s nationally recognized and award winning Home Earthquake Strengthening Course to homeowners. This is a “do-it-yourself” course geared towards owners of older, raised floor homes. Homeowners will be shown how to identify and strengthen structural weaknesses in their homes. Upon completion of this four-day course, each homeowner will have a customized blueprint for their seismic project. Class size is limited. REGISTRATION BY MAIL OR PHONE. IT'S ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.

If you own a hillside home, please contact Division of Building and Safety Services at (510) 577-3427.

When: Cancelled Until Further Notice Due to COVID
(You only need to sign up for one course/month that is 4 consecutive classes)
Where: 13909 East 14th St. Senior Community Center, San Leandro
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Cost for City of San Leandro Residents:
$30.00 for single/$35.00 for couples.

Cost for Non-Residents/Unincorporated San Leandro:
$50.00 for single/$60.00 for couples.

TO REGISTER - Please mail your payment to:
City of San Leandro - Building and Safety Services  Att: Kathy Switzer
835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577

This class is a great opportunity for the recipients of the California Earthquake Authority grant money. Those participating will gain seismic knowledge and develop a set of plans specific to their project. 

For more information, please call Kathy Switzer, in Building and Safety Services at (510) 577-3405.


City of San Leandro Announces Seismic Retrofit Incentive Program

Homeowners Eligible to Receive up to $3,000 Towards Seismic Retrofit Work

 The San Leandro City Council announced that for the fourth year in a row, San Leandro homeowners are eligible to receive as much as $3,000 to help strengthen their homes in the event of a major earthquake. Qualified homeowners in the 94577, 94578 and 94579 zip codes can now apply for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program from dates to come in January 2021 registration deadline via  Participating homeowners will be selected by a random drawing. All qualifying homeowners who registered will either be selected to participate or put on a wait list. In 2017, 104 lucky San Leandro homeowners were awarded up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes.  New program dates in 2021 to come.

 The houses must meet certain criteria, including being built on a level or low-slope site and sit on a raised foundation with a four-foot (or less) cripple wall under the first floor.  Qualifying dwellings are typically pre-1979 houses that aren’t bolted to their foundations, are built atop a crawl space and have unbraced “cripple walls” surrounding that crawl space.

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Building permits can only be issued to a licensed contractor or a property owner. To verify contractor license information, go to .