Green Building Inspection Guidelines

Contractors working in Palo Alto can download inspection guidelines to help comply with 2016 California Residential Code, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy Code, and Electrical Code requirements and provide insight about what to expect during an inspection. The Inspection Voice Response (IVR) number(s) are in front of the inspection title.

1.0 GENERAL    
    How to Read Changes, Municipal Code Requirements, and Best Practices
    General Information
    Green Building Common Errors
    Green Building - Common Adoptive Ordinances 
    Key Changes - 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CGBSC)
    Key Changes - 2016 California Energy Code (CEnC)
    Submittals and Guidelines: Green Building - Non-Residential
    Inspection Requirements: Green Building - Non-Residential
    Submittals and Guidelines: Green Building - Residential 
    Inspection Requirements: Green Building - Residential 
    Residential Green Building Special Inspector Field Notes  
    Residential CALGreen Documentation Certificate of Compliance 
3.0 ENERGY    
    Inspection Requirements: Energy Code - Lighting & Electrical - Non-Residential
    Inspection Requirements: Energy Code - Non-Residential
    Inspection Requirements: Energy Code - Low Rise Residential 
    Window Replacement 
4.0 WATER    
    Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO)
    2016 California Green Building Standards Code
    2016 California Energy Code

City of Palo Alto Guide Books are intended to help permit holders prepare for and pass inspections, providing a path to successful completion of all project types. By taking a systematic approach, we have attempted to provide a “comprehensive checklist” for many types of projects. Guide Books are not to be confused with Code Books (California Title 24). Guide Books reference state, local codes and adoptive ordinances, but do not supersede them. Guide Books are available for Commercial, Residential, Tenant Improvements, Electrical, Roofing and other types of projects. We welcome any feedback you may have to help us improve these resources.