What We Do
Responsible for ensuring that development projects are designed and constructed to a high level of quality and in compliance with adopted code standards.
We enforce building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical installations and accessibility and energy compliance. In the event of an emergency or disaster, it is our responsibility to perform damage assessments of all structures.
- NEW Citizen Self-Service (CSS)
- Disability Access Guidance
- 2019 Update New Permit Expiration Date
- Build Sustainably
Plans, Permits and Inspections Go Online with the Launch of Our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal!
Skip the line…now you can track permits, planning applications, code enforcement cases, business tax records, and request inspections online from anywhere, at any time using a computer, tablet, or smartphone!
The Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal let’s you search records by address, date range, permit number, or parcel number – you can also use the interactive map search feature. You no longer need to call or come into City Hall during business hours to request inspections or look up current and past records – everything’s online and available to you 24/7 from any electronic device.
NEW GUIDANCE ON DISABILITY ACCESS REQUIREMENTS AND RESOURCES
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. You may obtain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws. Click on the link below for more information.
When building permits are issued, they include a built-in expiration date, governed by the Administrative Code. The information below explains how long permits last and how they may be renewed. If you have additional questions about the status of a building permit, please call us at 650-522-7187.
Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2913 (Wood; D-Santa Rosa). This bill extends the expiration date of the building permit issued after January 1st from 180-days (6-months) to 365-days (12 months). You are allowed to request one or more 6-month extensions in writing to the Building Division. Once the work has started and the first required inspection has been passed, the permittee must show that the work is progressing by passing a valid inspection at least every 180 days (six months). If these progress requirements are not met the permit will expire.
Please refer to the following link for a copy of Assembly Bill No. 2913: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2913
Build Green...Build Sustainably
Learn more and access the various mandated building codes and regulations adopted by the City of San Mateo and related plan submittal checklists that are part of Sustainable Development. You can also learn more about the City's Sustainability Initiatives, the programs and efforts planning for the future in order to protect the environment, provide economic well-being, and ensure social equity for our residents and businesses.