- Full or partial demolition of a building.
- Removal of detached accessory structures with a floor area greater than 120 square feet.
- Gutting a commercial tenant space when done separately from securing a permit to make tenant improvements. In this case, no weight-bearing walls may be removed. When demolition is performed in conjunction with tenant improvements, the building permit secured for those improvements also covers the demolition.
- For other types of demolitions, see our bulletins on Septic Tank Removal Permit Requirements or Swimming Pool Demolition Permit Requirements.
To Get a Permit for Demolition
|Type of Demolition||Process to Follow|
|Removal of an entire building||Complete a Building Permit Application form and submit with:
|Partial demolition of a building||Complete a Building Permit Application form and submit with:
Fees and Construction & Demolition Diversion (CDD)
See the Building Division Schedule of Fees for current fees relating to building permits.
To promote recycling of demolition debris, you will also be assessed a Construction & Demolition Diversion (CDD) Program based on the square footage and scope of the project. This deposit is collected at the time of permit issuance. For more information about the Construction & Demolition Diversion (CDD) Program, call the Environmental Services Department at (408) 535-8550.
Other Clearances and Approvals That May Be Required
- Planning Division - If the demolition is NOT part of a project with an approved permit, contact the Planning Division to secure a clearance. Any structure listed on the City’s historic inventory must have Planning Division approval.
- Public Works - If you need to store demolition equipment or debris on sidewalks, streets, or parking strips, you must first secure a Revocable Encroachment Permit from the Public Works Department.
- Fire Department - If fire sprinklers or alarms in adjacent spaces are impacted by the demolition, you must get a project review and clearance from the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
A pdf handout version of this information is available on our Building Handouts and Forms page.