Forms, Handouts, Checklists, and Guidelines

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

A building permit is required before you undertake most types of construction. Find application forms, guidelines, and additional information you may need to submit prior to obtaining a building permit or starting construction.