Permit Center


Welcome to the City of Alameda Permit Center

Please click on the appropriate permit application button to apply:

Residential Solar Application – SolarAPP+

Web Based Residential Permit Applications
(plans not required)
ACA (listing the following options):

  • Like for like bath remodels
  • Like for like kitchen remodels
  • Electrical service meter main (225amp maximum)
  • Electrical upgrades and repairs
  • Subpanels, hot tubs, electric ranges, heat pump dryers
  • EV chargers
  • Plumbing upgrades and repairs
  • Water services
  • Water heaters (tankless – tanked – heat pump)
  • Earthquake valves
  • Heat pumps (mini-splits), air conditioners and furnaces
  • Window replacements
  • Siding repairs and replacements
  • Re-roofs

Planning Zoning Applications

  • Design Review
  • Use Permit
  • Zoning Compliance Determinations
  • Other Planning & Zoning Information

All Other Permit Applications Apply 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.

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