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Building Division


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.

Virtual City Hall Notice

 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) 738-7341 or contact us via email at the Building Division.


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

7-7-22 Inspections

City offices will be closed Monday July 4, 2022 in observance of the Independence Day Federal Holiday


Building Department

540 Crespi Dr.
Pacifica, CA 94044
T: 650-738-7344 

Office Hours
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

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/Revision ONLINE here! (or check current building permit applications)


Online Permit Portal Submittal procedures

Do I need a Building Permit?

Building review process:

1st review takes about 3-4 weeks. If there are comments from any of the departments, they will be released to the applicant when all reviewers have completed the review.

Resubmittal reviews take about 2-3 weeks each. 

When the project is approved by all departments, the project will be in the processing stage, which can take up to a week from when the last reviewer completed the review. This process consists of collating all the submitted files to create an approved set of plans and docs, stamping the files, and calculating the final fees.

Applicants will be notified of the next steps after the processing stage through their permit account. 

If adding a bedroom, the Park Facilities fee may apply. 

If adding 500 square feet or more you may need to pay fees to the Jefferson Union High School District.

Building Permit Application - use above online portal to submit for a permit

When is a Licensed Professional required?

Construction, Deconstruction & Demolition Information Guide

Construction and Demolition Debris Waste Management Plan (CWMP)

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

Courtesy Notice-PG & E Lead Times

EV Charging Checklist for Permitting

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

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Pools, Hot Tubs, and Drinking fountains BMPs

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

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January 2021 permit report

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June 2021 permit report

July 2021 permit report

August 2021 permit report

September 2021 permit report

October 2021 permit log 

November 2021 permit log

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January 2022 Permit log

February 2022 Permit log

March 2022 permit report

April 2022 permit report

May 2022 Permit report

June 2022 permit log