At this time, the Planning Department will safely re-open with modifications to some in-person services at the Pacifica Community Center, located at 540 Crespi Drive. Masks are required for all visitors and social distancing is encouraged. Most of our services can still be accessed remotely, please click on "Virtual Planning Department Services" below. Thank you for your patience and understanding while the public health situation remains dynamic.
Social Distancing and Health and Safety Plan Acknowledgement Form - Submit completed form to individual project account
The Building Division of the Pacifica Planning 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.
540 Crespi Dr.
Pacifica, CA 94044
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday**
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
8:00 AM to 7:30 PM*
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
* Closed During Lunch
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Closed on Holidays
**Unavailable during weekly Staff meeting from 9-10 AM
Building Official Hours
Monday and Wednesday 12 PM to 5 PM
Tuesday and Thursday** 8 AM to 12 PM
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 Permit Application - use above online portal to submit for a permit
Construction Hours of Operation Municipal Code (choose Title 8, Chapter 1, Section 8-1.06)
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.
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.
MONTHLY PERMIT ACTIVITY REPORTS