Building & Safety

During COVID-19:

The Community Development Department continues to be open for business providing services online and over the phone.  The City is accepting Planning and Building permit applications online, process, and issuing permits.  Staff is available to provide customer assistance online and via the telephone during normal business hours.  We also continue to perform all building inspections.  Please note that all Safety Protocols as ordered by the County Health Order shall be in place.  For those who have general Building and Planning questions, please email us at:

Calculating Building Occupancy During COVID-19

To determine the allowed occupancy of your commercial space, look to see if you have a "maximum occupancy" sign (often near the main entrance).  This is the original maximum occupancy allowed.  Next, multiply the original occupancy load by the COVID-19 capacity limit for your industry (50% capacity for restaurants and 25% capacity for family entertainment centers beginning March 31).

If you need to calculate your original occupancy load, use this formula:

          Retail square footage divided by 60 equals the original occupancy load.

          RETAIL EXAMPLE:  For a 10,000-square foot retail space:
          10,000/60 = 166.7 (round to 167 occupants)
          167 divided by 50% (allowable occupancy) = 83.5 (round to 84 occupants)

          In this example, the retail space would be allowed to have 84 occupants  


Permit applications, permit issuance, plan check submittals, and inspection requests end at 4:00 p.m.

The City Building Official manages the Building and Safety Division.  City staff include a Plan Check Engineer and support staff.  Various outside consultant firms provide the plan checking and inspection services. View codes currently followed by the City of Dublin.

Building Valuation Numbers

In April 2022, 231 permits were issued, and the Building valuation is $19,157,296. The total Building valuation, fiscal year to date is $305,605,608.  

Online Services

The Citizen Services site handles many City of Dublin building permit needs, including permit inquiries, checking on the status of current plan checks, inspection results/history, and scheduling inspections up until 10:00 p.m. for a next-day inspection.

For residential permits that can be applied for online, see our Online Residential Handout
For step-by-step directions on how to view the plan check comments and inspection results, click on the instructions (PDF).

For step-by-step directions on how to schedule an inspection, click on instructions (PDF).

Residential Evening Inspections

We now offer residential inspections on Tuesday evenings, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please call 925-833-6620 the day before to set up an inspection for a next-day appointment.

Over-the-Counter Residential Reviews

Staff is now offering over-the-counter (OTC) plan reviews, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays for limited residential projects. View our OTC Residential Reviews Handout for detailed information on specific plan submittal information, limits on review time, design criteria, and limitations of work.

Plan Check Timelines

It takes about two to three weeks to process a building permit that requires plan review submittals. A majority of minor permits are issued over the counter.  View our frequently asked questions for more details.

Building & Safety Division Resources

Authorization of Agent Form 
Building Permit Application Worksheet 
Construction and Demolition Debris Ordinance 
Environmental Programs and Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Municipal Code Chapter 7 - Public Works
Owner / Builder Verification Form 

Accessibility Resources

California Commission on Disability Access
California Department of Rehabilitation
Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
A Guide to Disability Rights Law
Access Compliance Reference Materials from the Division of the State Architect