Do I need a planning permit?

If you are planning to construct a new building, alter an existing building or change the use of a business you may need a planning permit. Common projects that may require planning approval include:

  • Construct a new building
  • Increase the size or change the exterior appearance of your home or business
  • Construct tenant improvements
  • Install a sign
  • Install a new use or change an existing use

You should contact a city planner to determine what, if any, planning approvals may be necessary for your project. You can speak to a planner at the Planning and Building counter in City Hall or call 650-616-7074 to make an appointment.

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