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.
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
- What is the Building Inspection Division?
- What services does the Building Inspection Division provide?
- How do I schedule an inspection?
- What are the hours of construction?
- Can I request a special time for my inspection?
- What is the waiting time for an inspection?
- How do I cancel an inspection?
- At what stage do I need to call for an inspection?
- When will I need a special Inspection?
- When do I need a Certificate Of Occupancy?
- When would I need a Temporary Certificate Of Occupancy?
- What types of complaints does the Building Inspection Division handle?
- How do I comply with a "Notice of Correction/Stop Work Order"?
- How do I schedule a Residential Fire Sprinkler Inspection?
- How do I schedule an inspection for a fire permit (other than Residential Fire Sprinklers)?
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.