How do I obtain a building permit?

Building permits can be applied for electronically.  All over-the-counter type permits can be handled through e-mail.  E-mail Based Residential Permits.  

Larger projects are eligible to be processed through the City’s eprocess360 system.  

Website Electronic Submittal Procedure - e360

Plan Submittal Application Procedure - e360

Projects with small scopes of work are considered "over the counter."  For example, a Water Heater, Furnace, or Roof replacement are permits that are issued at the counter with little paperwork and no plan review required.  These permits normally take about 15 minutes in order to fill out the application and obtain the permit.

For work involving new construction or remodeling, several items are required to be submitted for plan checking.  Items that may be required, but not limited to, may be: Plot Plan, Floor Plan, Framing Details, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical plans, Soils reports, etc.  Please visit our handouts link to obtain the "Plan Submittal Checklist” for your project type, which lists all submittal documents for your project.

A plan review fee is required at the time of submittal.  The amount of time that it takes for your application to be approved depends on the complexity of the project.  Minor items are typically handled over the counter or in one business day; other small projects such as small retaining walls or simple patio covers may take one to two weeks. However, room additions and new buildings normally take 15 business days for review.

Please contact Building at (925) 833-6620 for questions on how to process your project electronically.

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1. When do I not need a building permit?
2. When do I need a building permit?
3. How do I schedule an inspection?
4. Can I call and get a specific time for my morning or afternoon inspection?
5. Why do I need a permit?
6. Who can take out permits for work at a residence?
7. How do I obtain a building permit?
8. What items need to be submitted for a spa permit?
9. How high does a fence have to be around a pool or spa?
10. Does a portable (self-contained) spa need a permit?
11. How deep does a gas line have to be buried?
12. How deep does an electric line need to be buried?
13. Is a permit required for a block retaining wall?
14. Do I need a permit for lawn sprinklers?
15. Is a permit required for replacement of a water heater?
16. Is a permit required to replace a garbage disposal or dishwasher?
17. Is a permit required to replace a shower pan, bathtub, or the tile surrounds?
18. Is a permit required to install a freestanding fireplace or fireplace insert?
19. Do I have to be present during the inspection?
20. What type of information do I need to submit for residential remodels and additions?
21. How long does it take for the plan review for additions?
22. Do I need to submit energy calculations for a residential addition?
23. What type of foundation can I use for my addition?
24. What codes are the City of Dublin using?
25. How many inspections do I need for my re-roof permit?
26. Do you have any type of expedition process for my plan check?
27. Is a resubmittal given the same turnaround time of three weeks as a first-time submittal?
28. Can I get two inspections for the same job in the same day?
29. If I do the work myself, why can't my valuation be lower than if I hired a contractor?
30. Is it better for the owner or the contractor to pull permits?
31. Can I pay for my business license when I pay for my permit and use one check?
32. Do I need to submit structural calculations for a residential addition?
33. Can I pay for my permit with a credit card?
34. Does the City offer any evening inspections?