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ūüö©Attn: Building¬† Customersūüö©

the Epermits system is currently experiencing technical difficulties and is not allowing plans & documents to be attached to your application.

Please email your documents to Building@cityofsanrafael.org  AFTER you have created your permit. 

New Structures, Remodels, Additions, Decks, Repairs, Accessory Structures, Accessory Dwelling Units, Pools Etc.

Anyone can apply for a permit online, but if this is your first time applying for a permit online, you will need to create a user account. These guides are available to help you: Homeowner, Contractor. Attn Contractors:  To apply for these permits you will need to have an account.  If you do not already have one please contact the department at 415-485-3367. Please contact us if you have any questions.

All online ‚ÄúGeneral Permit Requiring Plan Review Online‚Ä̬† once received will be ‚ÄúUnder Review‚ÄĚ and could take up to 3 weeks for your initial review to be completed.¬† ¬†If your plans received corrections or additional information is needed you can view those notices online in the permit portal.¬†¬†To resubmit corrected plans you will need to log into your account and go to your permit number to attached new items.

**Please make sure that all departments listed on your permit have completed their reviews prior to resubmitting or you will be subject to additional delays and possible multiple revisions to your plans**

**When applying for a ‚ÄúGeneral Permit Requiring Plan Review Online‚ÄĚ, ¬†you will need to upload Plans and Application for review. Please make sure your uploaded documents are unsecured and in PDF format.**

Building Permit Application can be found here.

For additional information on what is required for Residential permits and plans see our Home Owners Guide to Residential Projects. A sample plan for kitchen and bath remodels and a sample plot plan  are available on this site as well.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Permit Type ‚ÄúGeneral Permit Requiring Plan Review Online‚Ä̬† Sub Type Residential includes:

  • New Single Family Dwellings
  • New ADU Units¬† (Accessory Dwelling Units) ¬†for additional information on ADU‚Äôs click here.
  • Remodels
  • Additions
  • Kitchen & bathroom Remodels¬† (To see a plans example click here)
  • Residential Repairs
  • Decks
  • Garages and Accessory Structures
  • Retaining Walls
  • Swimming Pools(and modifications/repairs to existing pools)
  • Hot Tubs
  • Fences

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Permit Type ‚ÄúGeneral Permit Requiring Plan Review Online‚Ä̬† Sub Type Commercial includes:

  • New Commercial Buildings
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Signs
  • Commercial Pools
  • Apartments remodels/ repairs
  • Mixed Use Buildings remodels/ repairs
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