Permit Center

Welcome to the City of Alameda Permit Center

Permit Center is currently closed to the public for walk in visitors. However, permit applications and requests are being accepted online.

announcement The City of Alameda Permit Center will be open on a first come first served basis for INFORMATION ONLY!
For the Building Division please sign up here to get in line.
For the Planning Division please sign up here to schedule an appointment. 
Otherwise, Planning Building and Transportation Services are still available, by phone, email, and online. 

Schedule a Building Inspection

Please call (510) 747-6830 between 7:30 am - 8:30 am Monday through Thursday at least two business days in advance of the desired inspection date.   During the summer months, it is advisable to schedule inspections at least 10 days in advance due to the busy construction season.


ePermits allows viewers to look up permit history, permit status, outstanding fees, plan check correction comments, review pending project documents, and inspection results.  Permit receipts and reports are also available.  Licensed contractors can also obtain simple permits online by first registering for an account via ePermits.  

Special Events Permit

Events play a vital role in building goodwill in our community, and engaging residents in meaningful activities. Depending on the nature of your event, you may need to obtain additional permits or approvals to ensure a well-planned, safe event. The page Special Events Permit outlines the types of special events that require permits.   Most special events in Alameda require a $1,500 deposit. Certain permits require insurance and liability coverage naming the City of Alameda as an additional insured.  Application packets for each permit type are included in the page.

About the Permit Center

The Permit Center is the central location for obtaining Building, Fire, Planning, Public Works, and Special Events permits.   Permit Center staff assists customers through the permitting process from initial questions and preapplication meetings to inspections and final certificate of occupancy.