Excerpt from California Building Code 106:

“No building or structure regulated by this code shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a permit has first been obtained from the Building Official. A permit is required for all construction, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, re-roof, drainage, fences, retaining walls of any height, window replacement, kitchen/bath remodel, etc. Playhouses, small, portable storage sheds, and cosmetic work such as painting and wallpaper, are exempt and do not require permits.”

The basic fee structure is as noted in California Building Code, and is based on the valuation of a project. In addition to the basic permit fee, each permit includes fees for business license, encroachment, street impact, general plan maintenance, and storm water runoff impact. When applicable, additional fees will be charged by the fire district, the water district, the sanitary district and the school district. When you know the complete valuation of your project, you may call the building division for a fee estimate.

Permits are valid for 18 months. If the work is not complete within the 18 month time period, reactivation fees may be required. A reactivated permit is valid for 6 additional months, and the fees to reactivate increase with each 6 month reactivation.

Work Without Permit Penalties
A Stop Work Order will be issued for any project started without the necessary permits. For minor projects valued at less than $5,000 the penalty is $250, and increases to $1,000 plus 4 times the permit fee for projects valued at more than $50,000.

If you have any questions regarding the need for a permit, please call the Building Division rather than risk a Stop Work Order and penalty fees.

Residential Building Reports (RBR)
Prior to the sale or exchange of any dwelling unit, the owner shall obtain from the Town a report of the residential building record showing the regularly authorized use, occupancy and zoning classification of the property and an itemization of deficiencies in the dwelling unit.

The fee for a residential building report is $250 for a single family dwelling. The report should be scheduled as soon as the property is listed, to avoid last minute complications. The report will list both advisory and mandatory items and the mandatory items, which are considered life/safety issues, must be corrected within 30 days of the close of escrow.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Building Division at 415-435-7380 regarding permits or fees for any building applications or visit the Helpful Documents page to download an application.