Building permits can be applied for electronically. All over-the-counter type permits can be handled through e-mail. E-mail Based Residential Permits.
Larger projects are eligible to be processed through the City’s eprocess360 system.
Website Electronic Submittal Procedure - e360
Plan Submittal Application Procedure - e360
Projects with small scopes of work are considered "over the counter." For example, a Water Heater, Furnace, or Roof replacement are permits that are issued at the counter with little paperwork and no plan review required. These permits normally take about 15 minutes in order to fill out the application and obtain the permit.
For work involving new construction or remodeling, several items are required to be submitted for plan checking. Items that may be required, but not limited to, may be: Plot Plan, Floor Plan, Framing Details, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical plans, Soils reports, etc. Please visit our handouts link to obtain the "Plan Submittal Checklist” for your project type, which lists all submittal documents for your project.
A plan review fee is required at the time of submittal. The amount of time that it takes for your application to be approved depends on the complexity of the project. Minor items are typically handled over the counter or in one business day; other small projects such as small retaining walls or simple patio covers may take one to two weeks. However, room additions and new buildings normally take 15 business days for review.
Please contact Building at (925) 833-6620 for questions on how to process your project electronically.