Development Services is a resource for homeowners, businesses, designers and contractors to build safe, healthy and sustainable buildings that comply with applicable codes and regulations.
Building provides building permits, plan check, and inspection services.
Fire Prevention Bureau (Fire Permits) performs fire plan checks, reviews, permitting, and field inspections
Planning Services at Development Center assist with general planning/zoning related questions, certificates of Use and Occupancy, and Over the Counter permits. They also accept planning entitlement applications (by appointment only), perform zoning compliance plan checks on single-story single-family building permit applications, review discretionary sign applications, and administer the City’s Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) Program.
Public Works (Public Works Permits) administers the National Flood Insurance Program, provides support to the private development community for construction in the right-of-way and the maintenance of Palo Alto's Public Trees and Urban Forest.
Green Building implements Palo Alto Green building ordinances and requirements defined during the planning, plan check, construction and inspections.
Utilities supports the connection of electric, gas, and sewer services and ensures conformance to the electrical requirements and water, gas, and waste water standards during development.