Building Services | San Pablo, CA (2024)

The Building Division is responsible for issuing building permits and providing detailed inspections of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing projects. Building Inspection also investigates and responds to all citizen complaints concerning construction or safety issues of structures throughout the city.

For more information:

  • Building Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Call 510-215-3030

Para obtener más información:

  • Traduccion Española
  • Llame al 510-215-3030


  • Master Fee Schedule (Fees increased July 1, 2024 for Planning, Building and Public Works)
  • Transparency in Development Regulations
  • Inspections
  • Additional Information and Forms


News from the Building Official

**2022 California Building Codes will be in effect 1/1/2023 for significant changesclick here**

  • Development East of I-80: A Geo-tech report on all development (such as construction, grading, and tree removal) east of I-80 is required due to the soil type close proximity to an active fault and a greater potential for a landslide (2016 CBC 107.1). The Geo-tech report is in addition to the required soils report.

Permit Center

Most construction, remodeling and repairs require building permits as well as most electrical, mechanical and plumbing installations, repairs and replacements. Before applying for a permit, please review the Owner Builder Information / Spanish translation


  1. Verify your address is within City of San Pablo (Click for City Limit Map) If you live outside the City limits contactContra Costa County.
  2. Prepare required application forms
    • Permit Applicationwith Construction and Demolition Information (Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing)
    • / Reciclaje de Escombros de Construcción y Demolición
    • Owner Builder Declaration
  3. Prepare plans (if required for the project). Maximum plan size for construction documents cannot exceed 24-inches by 36-inches.
  4. Verify if additional approvals are required from outside agencies. Please click here for a list of the outside agencies' contact information.
  5. Submit application forms, payment, plans (if required) and approval stamps from outside agencies (if required).
  6. To review Public Works information Click here
  7. Contact staff if you have additional or call 510-215-3030.
  • Check made out to City of San Pablo
  • Credit card using the Credit Card Authorization Form
  • Electronic submission is preferred
    Required steps before electronic submission:
    Complete steps 1-5 above, be sure to include response letters with all resubmittals
    b. Submit
    the Credit Card Authorization Form
    c. Submit all required documents through this weblink
  • Public Counter is open Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Issued Permits

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Finaled Permits

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  • Access past finaled building permits 2024 | 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020



We will be conducting Building Inspections Mondays - Thursdays. Call 510-215-3030 to schedule an inspection.

Estaremos haciendo inspecciones de edificios lunes a jueves, llame al 510-215-3030 para programar una inspección.

All Information and Forms

  • Permit Application with Construction and Demolition Information (Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing)
  • / Reciclaje de Escombros de Construcción y Demolición
  • Owner Builder Declaration
  • Permit Extension Request Form
  • Plan Check Extension Request Form
  • Request for Investigation Application


  • Single Family Dwelling Addition/Alteration Information Sheet
  • Legalizing Unpermitted Construction
  • Residential Kitchen Remodel Requirements
  • Window Replacements /Spanish translation
  • Window Flashing Requirements
  • 2019 CAL GREEN Residential Mandatory Measures Checklist
  • Mold - Tips on Prevention and Control
  • Water Service Metering Requirements for New Residential or Mixed-Use Commercial and Residential Multi-Unit Structures
  • Unreasonable Hardship Request Form


  • EV Expedited Guidelines
  • EV Electrical Load Worksheet
  • Panel Schedule Template


  • Self-Certification for Compliance of Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms / Spanish translation


  • Special Inspection and Testing Agreement


  • Structural Criteria for PV
  • Solar PV Residential Permit Submittal Checklist
  • Expedited Photovoltaic (PV Permits)
  • Fire District Solar-Photovoltaic Notification Form - Fire District



Information for Contractors and Homeowners:

As a contractor, to pull a permit in the City of San Pablo you will need to provide a complete scope of work and value of the job signed by the contractor and property owner/customer. You will be required to provide your contractors pocket card or written authorization from the card holder and a copy of their valid drivers’ license or identification (for signature validation) and valid identification or license for the person pulling the permits.

As a homeowner, you will need to bring a valid drivers’ license or identification, and you must be listed on the title/deed of the property or you will need a letter of authorization from the property owner, a copy of the property owners drivers license (for signature validation) valid identification or license for the person pulling the permits.

Plancheck and plans may be required depending on the scope of work. Call the Building Division at (510) 215-3030 to verify if plans will be required.


**Notice of New Stormwater Requirements as of April 17, 2024**

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has adopted the third reissuance of the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, or MRP 3.0. This reissuance includes significant changes and additional requirements in Provision C.3, one of these changes is the requirements to use the Bay Area Hydrology Model (BAHM) for projects that require hydromodification.

Any projects over one acre that are subject to the NPDES C.3 requirements submitted to the City of San Pablo after April 17, 2024 will be required to use the BAHM modeling tool. The Contra Costa C.3 Guidebook and associated online tools have all been updated to reflect these changes. For more information please visit the Contra Costa Clean Water Program website at

To learn more about these resources and the latest requirements, we encourage land development professionals to register for the free, 2024 CCCWP C.3 New Development & Redevelopment Workshop: June 5th, 2024, 9:00AM-1:00PM. Registration is required, to register please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Stormwater Requirements as of July 1, 2023

The City of San Pablo's National Pollution discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES Permit No.CAS612008) requires the City to implement significant changes to portions of Section C.3 (New Development and Redevelopment) as of July 1, 2023. Some of these changes include:

  • Impervious surface threshold for most projects will drop from 10,000 to 5, 00 sq.ft (all new and replaced impervious surface as part of the project will count including sidewalks and roads in both private and public right-of-way)
  • New categories of regulated projects include:
    • Road and sidewalk repair projects ≥ contiguous sq. ft.
    • Road reconstruction and pavement widening ≥ 1 contiguous acre
    • Detached single family home that creates or replaces ≥ 10,000 sq.ft.
  • Special Projects Category C definition changes.

**Contractor: Copy of the fully executed contract between Vendor and Customer is required for permit issuance**

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