Permit Center

Welcome to the City of Alameda Permit Center

The Permit Center now offers services online, by phone and via email. 
  • The City of Alameda is not currently providing in-person “over the counter” plan review services. Permits and plan reviews that would have previously been reviewed at the permit counter must be submitted online. 
  • Limited in-person visits to the Permit Center are available by appointment-only to answer questions. No appointment is required. 
  • Please do not resend duplicate emails and repeat phone calls as it reduces the staff's ability to respond to you sooner. The City works to respond to every customer in the order calls and emails are received. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

How to Submit a Building, Plumbing, Electrical, or Mechanical Application

  • Click here to start your Building Permit application (including Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical permits)
  • For instructions to submit Planning/Zoning applications, click here.


The Permit Center is the central location for obtaining Building, Fire, Planning, 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.

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.

Special 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 can be found here.