Building

Our Building Division, located at City Hall, provides fast and convenient development-related services including plan checking, issuing permits, inspections, obtaining information on properties, and neighborhood preservation services.

Development-related services can only be initiated in person at City Hall. It generally takes us 2-3 weeks to provide you with results. Below are some forms that are helpful to look at and fill out before coming to City Hall.

To check the status of a plan review or for more general information, call Permit Technician, Brittany Davis at 510-675-5313.

General Information



Adopted Codes & General Design Information


The Building Division adheres to the following standards:

  • Volumes 1 and 2 of the 2016 California Building, Residential, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy, Fire and, Green Building Standards Codes
  • 1997 California Codes - Administrative, Uniform Code for Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, Uniform Housing, and Uniform Security Codes.
  • Basic Wind Speed - 85 mph
  • Building Exposure - B
  • Climate Zone - 3
  • Rainfall - 1.5 inch/hour
  • Seismic Site Class - D
  • Soil Bearing Value - 1500 (presumptive)
  • Soils Hazard Zones - East of Mission and West of Union City Boulevard
  • Wildland Urban Interface Zone - East of Mission Boulevard

Other Important Phone Numbers

  • Building and Residential Fire Sprinkler Inspection Hotline: 510-487-0711
  • Commercial Fire Alarm, Ansul System and Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspections: 510-675-5470
  • Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Requirements 510-675-5466