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Residential Plan Review

Residential Plan Review is a permit service that benefits single-family and multifamily projects by providing expert review of projects to ensure compliance with building and safety codes.

This service is for:

  • additions greater than 500 sf
  • remodeling projects with structural changes
  • new construction
  • secondary units (accessory dwelling units)
  • code compliance cases 

Visit our Over-The-Counter permit service page for smaller projects and those not involving structural changes. 

Projects that Qualify

Plan Review Express Plan Review
New construction any size -
Single story additions over 500 sf any size 750 sf or less
Two-story remodeling any size 750 sf or less and only minor structural calculations
Secondary or accessory dwelling units
Yes -
Code Compliance Cases any size -

No Appointment Needed Appointment Required
Call 408-535-3555

To Use Regular Plan Review

First, talk to a Planner and make sure your project obtains any necessary clearances from the Planning Division and Public Works. Such clearances might include:

  • Single-family homes - Check if your project will require a Single-Family House Permit, either because of size of the project or because the property is registered as historical.
  • Duplex homes - All projects must go through Planning review prior to submitting a building permit application.

After securing any needed clearances, come to the Permit Center and bring:

To Use Express or Enhanced Express Plan Review

Express Plan Review provides concurrent review of plans with all involved City staff (Planning, Building, Public Works, and Fire Prevention) and any involved professional designers in one meeting for a time-saving review. The fee is 1.5 times the regular plan review fee. Call the Permit Center to make an appointment for a time to meet with City staff to review accurately prepared plans.


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