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Building Division


Based on the recommendations from State and local Health Officials, the City has made the following decisions regarding closures and cancellations. We appreciate your patience and understanding as the situation evolves.

CLOSURE MODIFICATIONS - Notice Regarding Department Services

Virtual City Hall Notice

Social Distancing and Health and Safety Plan Acknowledgement Form - Submit completed form to individual project account

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.

2019 Building Inspection Hotline Notice (Hotline number 650-737-1000)  

6-14-21 Inspections List


Building Codes:

As of January 1, 2020 the building code will be changing to the 2019 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.

Building Code updates

Building Permitting Tools

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

Building Permit Application

Do I Need a Building Permit?

When is a Licensed Professional required?

Construction, Deconstruction & Demolition Information Guide

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

Courtesy Notice-PG & E Lead Times

Managing PCBs in Building Demolition Data Collection Summary

2018 BASMAA PCBs Demolition Program Applicant Package

Building Demolition PCBs Screening Assessment Form

Smoke detector-carbon monoxide form

 Special inspection form

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.  

Additional Building Resources:

Commercial Building Permits and Business Licensing - Disability Access Requirements and Resources

Click here to be linked to important information about landslide preparedness

Water Efficient Landscaping

PG&E Rebate and Energy Saving Programs

USEPA Water Sense

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.


October 2020 permit report

November 2020 permit report

December 2020 permit report

January 2021 permit report

February 2021 permit report

March 2021 permit report

April 2021 permit report

May 2021 permit report