Building Permit Process
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Building Permit Process

A building permit is required for all interior and exterior changes except for cosmetic changes such as carpeting or painting. A permit is required whether the change involves new construction or replacement. 

The purpose of building permits is to ensure that the proposed work complies with state and local codes enacted for health, safety and energy conservation purposes.

The authority to require Building Permits is detailed in the City's Municipal Code and in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

Who should take out the permit: The property owner or a contractor licensed by the State of California can obtain permits. Tenants may obtain a permit if they have the written permission of the property owner and the property owner signs the permit documents. For more information click here.

Steps for obtaining a building permit for the following projects: (Room additions, Roofs, Kitchen remodels, Bathroom remodels, water heaters, furnaces, HVAC, generators, siding repair, fences (if over six feet in height), windows, decks, sunrooms, garages, gazebos, arbors, trellises, skylights, antennas, solar photovoltaic, spas, pools, sheds (if over 120 square feet), windscreens). For a Re-Roof project click here.

Step 1. Planning approval required prior to building application for all of the above projects.

Step 2. Fill out Building Application

Step 3. 4 Sets of plans required (except for furnace and water heater replacement in the same location)

Step 4. Pay Fees and obtain a Business License if needed.

Please note: Some projects may require plan check review, which can take up to four weeks. See Plan Check Turn Around Times

Step 5. The permit is issued

Step 6. Permit holder schedules required inspections.

Project is complete once final inspection on job card is signed off by Foster City Building Inspector.

If your project valuation exceeds $100,000 please fill out the Construction and Demolition Recycling form.

Please see a list of Handouts/Checklists that can assist you with your project. 




City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200