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Permit Center

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Who We Are

The Permit Center

The Permit Center is the one-stop location for nearly all City of Belmont permits, (tree permits are issued by the Parks and Recreation Department and alarm permits are issued by the Police Department). Here all of our customers can obtain information and applications for Building Permits, Planning Entitlements, Business Licenses, Temporary Encroachment Permits, and Administrative Permanent Encroachment Agreements. Staff from all of the permit-issuing departments, including the Belmont Fire Department, is represented at the Permit Center to assist you in any way they can. At the Permit Center you will find the following:

  • Public information counter
  • Application forms, checklists, & handouts
  • A single destination for the issuance of permits and the payment of fees

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Hours of Operation


Counter Hours

Building Permit Issuance—8:00 to 8:45 Am & 2:00 to 4:00 Pm, Monday through Friday

Building Inspector Counter Hours—8:00 to 8:45 Am & 2:00 to 4:00 Pm, Monday through Friday


Planning & Public Works Personnel Counter Hours —2:00 to 4:00 Pm, Monday through Friday

Fire Inspector Counter Hours—2:00 to 4:00 Pm, Wednesdays only

Roof, Water Heater, & Furnace Change-out Permits—8:00 Am to Noon* & 1:00 to 4:00 Pm**, Monday through Friday

Temporary Encroachment Permits—2:00 to 4:00 Pm, Monday through Friday

* The Permit Center is closed for lunch between Noon & 1 Pm

**Financial transactions must be completed by 4:00 Pm


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Building Permitting Fees—Fees for building permits are grouped by either task or valuation. For example, rebuilding a deck or upgrading an electrical service are individual task that have an associated fee. Other projects may be more complex and have multiple tasks, such as a kitchen remodel that includes the installation of a beam or perhaps skylights. In that scenario fees are a mix of individual tasks and a building permit fee based on the valuation of the project. A table that is included in the fee schedule below delineates the valuation method of arriving at a fee. Lastly, tasks that include mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work often include a base fee, which is also listed below. Feel free to contact the Building Division with any questions regarding fees (650-595-7422).

Development Review Fees—A new building, an increase in a building's size, or an exterior change to a commercial building may require an entitlement. This approval process would be categorized as Design Review, a Variance, a Conditional Use Permit, a Complex Project, or perhaps a combination of these entitlements. Within each type of entitlement there might be a review that includes conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), or reviews by the Fire Department and Public Works Department. There are also fees associated with that subset of reviews. If you have any questions regarding entitlement fees for your project, or if you are even required to obtain an entitlement, feel free to contact the Planning Division (650-595-7422).

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Code Standards

Applicable Code Standards (Effective 1/1/2017)

2016 Triennial Edition of CCR, Title 24

The 2016 triennial edition of the California Code of Regulations, Title 24 (California Building Standards Code) applies to all occupancies that applied for a building permit on or after January 1, 2017, and remains in effect until the effective date of the 2019 triennial edition. The building codes can be viewed online at

There are 12 parts to Title 24 and the applicable parts for most Building Division permit applications are listed below:

Part 2: The 2016 California Building Code (CBC) is based on the 2015 IBC, but includes numerous State of California amendments.

  • Part 2.5: The 2016 California Residential Code (CRC) is based on the 2015IRC, but includes numerous State of California amendments and does not include the electrical, energy, mechanical, or, plumbing portions of the IRC, and instead parts 3 through 6 of Title 24 as listed below apply.
  • Part 3: The 2016 California Electrical Code (CEC) is based on the 2014 NEC with State of California amendments.
  • Part 4: The 2016 California Mechanical Code (CMC) is based on the 2015 UMC with State of California amendments.
  • Part 5: The 2016 California Plumbing Code (CPC) is based on the 2015 UPC with State of California amendments.
  • Part 6: The 2016 California Energy Code is currently based on the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, and please visit the California Energy Commission website at where additional information can be found and Compliance manuals can be downloaded for free.
  • Part 9: The 2016 California Fire Code (CFC) is based on the 2015 IFC with State of California amendments.
  • Part 11: The 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen Code) This Part is known as the California Green Building Standards Code, and it is intended that it shall also be known as the CALGreen Code.
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Codes Online

 Building Codes Online



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