Development Center Closed Due to City Response to Covid 19
Palo Alto Accepts Online Pre-Applications for Building PermitsAs of Tuesday March 24, 2020, the City of Palo Alto’s Planning and Development Services Department accepts online pre-applications for building permits. Pre-applications can be filed online through Palo Alto’s Accela Citizen Access portal link: click here (https://aca.accela.com/paloalto/default.aspx).
The Energy Reach Code Ordinance, which requires “All-Electric” designs for all new low-rise residential projects, takes effect on April 1, 2020. This pre-application process will allow applicants to submit their projects before the new code takes effect. For additional information regarding the pre-application submittals, please contact Development Services at (650) 329-2496 and press 1.
Online Permit Services
The following building permit categories are currently available to licensed contractors online through the Citizen Access Portal. For all other permit types and for owner builder permits please call (650) 329-2496 to schedule an appointment or to submit remotely.
- Water Back Flow Device
- Boiler replacement (same location less than 399k BTU)
- Furnace Replacement (same location)
- Repair Gas Leak
- Repipe-Water Piping System
- Water Heater (No Tankless)
- Window Retrofit (Residential Only)
Online Inspection Services and iRequest Mobile App
iRequest Mobile App – Download this app from your Google Play store or iTunes account to quickly view all Building or Fire permits, request single or multiple inspections, cancel or reschedule inspections and view inspection history all within a few clicks.
Accela Citizen Access (ACA) – View all Building or Fire permits, request single or multiple inspections, cancel or reschedule inspections and view inspection history
The Building Division serves as a resource for homeowners, businesses, designers
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- Online Permit Status
- Building Permit Application
- Building Permit Forms
- Building Inspection
- Work Exempt From Permit
- Fee Schedule
- Green Building
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 10, 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.
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. [ Resources for Accessibility Information ]
2019 California Building Standards Code
The City of Palo Alto has adopted the 2019 California Code of Regulations, Title 24 with certain amendments. These codes, and
- Bay Area Air Quality Management District
- Contractors State License Board
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Cal/OSHA Compliance
- ICC International Code Council (ICC-ES Report)
- DSA Access Compliance Reference Materials
- Energy Commercial Forms
- Energy Residential Forms
- Ready to Demolish a Building? Inspect, Protect, and