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The Palo Alto Building Division serves as a resource for homeowners, businesses, designers and contactors. The goal of our staff is to help our customers build safe, healthy and sustainable buildings that comply with applicable codes and regulations. We see ourselves as an integral part of each project team and are committed to establishing positive working relationships with our partners, while focusing on problem solving and delivering exceptional customer service. 

PERMITTING AND PLAN CHECKS

BUILDING INSPECTION

BUILDING PERMITS


Commonly Used Forms

CITY OF PALO ALTO PUBLIC PROTECTION CLASSIFICATION
ISO collects information from communities in the United States on their adoption and enforcement of
building codes. ISO analyzes the data using its Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS™) and then assigns a BCEGS™ Classification number to the community. The classification number-which ranges from 1 to 1 0, measures a jurisdiction's commitment to the adoption and enforcement of building codes affecting the construction of new buildings. Class 1 indicates the most favorable classification of commitment to the adoption and enforcement of building codes. The Building Division is currently classified as a 1 and the Fire Department is classified as a 2. [ more ]

ACCESSIBILITY PLAN REVIEW COMMENTS
The City of Palo Alto offers the services of our California Access Compliance Specialist Inspectors to walk commercial projects prior to construction--often during the plan check process. This allows the design team additional time to address site conditions, preventing delays at the end of the construction phase, when the owner is eager to move into their new space. Our goal is to help you reduce delays as a consequence of inspection corrections, prevent reinspections, reduce job cost overruns, and ameliorate accessibility lawsuits. [ more ]

2016 CALIFORNIA BUILDING STANDARDS CODE
On October 24, 2016 City of Palo Alto adopted 2016 California Code of Regulations, Title 24 with certain amendments. These codes, and amendments, are effective on January 1st 2017. All projects submitted after January 1, 2017 must comply with the 2016 California Building Codes and the City of Palo Alto amendments. Ordinance No. 5389, 5390, 5391, 5392, 5393, 5394, 5395, 5396, 5397.

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Last Updated: Apr 5, 2017