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Permit Center

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Who We Are

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.

Hours of Operation

  • Building Inspector Counter Hours—M-F 8:00 to 8:45 AM & 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • EXPRESS Permits (Roof, Water Heater, & Furnace Change-out)—M-F 8:00 to 10:00 AM & 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Building Permit Issuance (Approved projects, bathroom & kitchen remodels ONLY)- M-F 8:00 to 10:00 AM & 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Building Plan Review for Over the Counter Permits- M-F  8:00 to 8:45 AM & 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Planning & Public Works Counter Hours —M-F 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Fire Inspector Counter Hours—Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • The Permit Center is closed for lunch - M-F Noon to 1:00 PM

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


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 http://www.bsc.ca.gov/pubs/codeson.aspx.

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 http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2016standards/index.html 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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