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Building Division

The Building Division of the Pacifica Planning and Economic Development Department reviews and issues permits for construction and demolition. To find out if you need a permit or for additional information, please call (650) 738-7344 or contact us via email at the Building Division.


As of January 1, 2017 the building code will be changing to the 2016 versions of the California codes, including but not limited to: Residential Code, Building Code, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Codes, as well as CalGreen.  For more information, please contact the Building Department at 650-738-7344.

Click here to be linked to important information about landslide preparedness

Additional Building Resources:

Building Permit Application

Apply for a Building Permit ONLINE here! (or check current building permit applications)

Construction, Deconstruction & Demolition Information Guide

Second Units:

Interested in building a second unit (Accessory Dwelling Unit)?  Through a partnership with 21 Elements and Home for All, a second unit resource center has been created with a very helpful step-by-step workbook for homeowners.  These workbook takes homeowners from vision to permitting to what to know when becoming a landlord for the first time.  

Do I Need a Building Permit?

Water Efficient Landscaping

PG&E Rebate and Energy Saving Programs

USEPA Water Sense

Construction Hours of Operation Municipal Code (choose Title 8, Chapter 1, Section 8-1.06)

Construction Stormwater BMP's

San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program Website

Flood Insurance Maps/Information

Green Building in Pacifica

Seismic Retrofit Standard (Plan Set A) *

* Note:  Plan Set A can be used by homeowners in obtaining quotes for retrofitting, by contractors when obtaining building permits, and by cities and counties as a basis for a minimum prescriptive retrofit standard. This standard applies to wood-framed residential structures not more than two stories in height and containing not more than two dwelling units, on relatively flat sites, and with cripple walls 4 feet in height or less.