Larger scaled projects require review for compliance with building code prior to issuance. Supporting documents, such as plan sets, product specification information, and calculations need to be provided along with the permit application. 

The City of Albany utilizes a third-party plan checking service.  To learn more about this service, click on the following link:

The better and clearer your plans describe your project, the faster City staff can process your application. Please note:

  • Failure to provide any of the required information at the time of application may result in a processing delay
  • No documents marked “Preliminary” or “Not For Construction” will be accepted
  • Building plans shall bear the seal and signature of the architect or engineer responsible for their design as required by State Licensing Boards.
  •  All requested information must be provided, and the required plan check fees paid, prior to applications being processed or routed for any reviews
  • Contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (510) 528-5775 as soon as possible (prior to finalizing your plans) to find out any Albany Fire Department requirements specific to your project or improvement.

Building permits for residential additions require the following: 

  • A completed building permit application 
  • At least 3 sets of full size complete construction plans
  • One digital copy of project plans (on CD, email, or file-share; we can not accept digital copies on a flash drive) 
  • 2 sets of structural calculations
  • Completed Stormwater Requirements Checklist
  • Completed Fire Safety Requirements Checklist
  • Soils Report & Engineer's conformance letter or Soils Exemption Application 
  • 2 copies of any supporting documents (such as project manual, product specification sheets, etc.)

More detailed submittal information for these projects can be found on the Building Permit Application Submittal Checklist

For additional questions regarding submittal requirements, please contact the Permit Technician.