Residential Projects

Residential projects cover a wide array of topics. There are three types of residential projects: alterations, additions, and new construction. Below is a list of handouts and guides for the most common residential projects. The intent is to provide guidance of the permitting and plan review process for each project. Some documents also specify exactly what is required for building permit approval. Documents are categorized by audience; however, a developer/contractor is not necessarily required for all projects. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all required documents during plan review, regardless of audience type. Please contact the Building & Safety Division with questions at 925-833-6620.

Residential Over-the-Counter Reviews

A selection of projects which can be reviewed in 30 minutes or less are available for Over-the-Counter review. In an over-the-counter review, the applicant makes an appointment in advance for their project to be reviewed and discussed within their appointment window. The following types of work can be considered for OTC review:

  • Residential single-story additions less than 500 square feet in floor area 
    • In R1 and various PD Zoning
  • Residential remodels with minimal structural changes (wall removal, door or window reconfiguration)
  • Garage conversions to living space 
    • In R1 and various PD Zoning
  • Limited accessory structures such as patio enclosures/covers, sheds, arbors, decks, etc.
  • Residential Pools (new, replastering)

For more information regarding the over-the-counter process, review the following handouts:

Accessory Dwelling Units

For information on ADU Prototype plans, Impact and Permit Fee Waivers, and additional ADU resources, please visit the City’s Accessory Dwelling Units page.

Required Energy Forms

When replacing a water heater, furnace, or air conditioning unit; installing a new air conditioning unit; adding or replacing windows; or re-roofing a home, complete this form, in addition to the required application forms.

Solar App+

The City of Dublin is now offering automated solar plan reviews and instantly provided approved plans.  Currently this service is for the majority of residential, roof-mounted, retrofit photovoltaic systems.  For more information, please visit the new Solar App+ webpage.