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Are you looking to pull a building permit? Before doing so, please note that some types of projects first require a planning entitlement application through the Planning Department. These are typically exterior changes to multifamily and commercial development as well as new two-story homes and second floor additions. Please verify the process for your specific project with City staff before applying for permits. Contact Planning by calling (650) 617-3117 or emailing planner@cityofpaloalto.org

A building permit is required before you undertake most types of construction. On this page you will find application forms and information, as well as additional information you may need to submit prior to obtaining a building permit, or starting construction.