A shelter-in-place order is in effect for all Alameda County residents. City facilities are closed and non-essential meetings and events are cancelled.  Find more information here.

All construction projects are required to comply with County Small Construction Project Safety Protocols, as listed in the current Alameda County Health Order, including: 

  • Designating a site-specific COVID-19 supervisor to review and enforce the safety protocol
  • Establish a daily safety screening protocol for all staff on job site and post at all entrances and exists
  • Practice social distancing between workers
  • Separate work areas in occupied residential units with physical barriers, such as plastic sheeting or closed doors
  • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for use including face coverings, and clean and disinfect shared equipment between workers
  • Maintain a daily attendance log of all workers and visitors to job site
  • Post a notice in an area visible to all workers and visitors instructing workers and visitors to :
    • Not touch your face with unwashed hands or with gloves. ii.
    • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
    • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm at your elbow/sleeve.
    • Do not enter the jobsite if you have a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Maintain the recommended minimum six feet at all times when not wearing the necessary PPE for working in close proximity to another person.
    • Do not carpool to and from the jobsite with anyone except members of your own household unit, or as necessary for workers who have no alternative means of transportation.
    • Do not share phones or PPE.

More information on the current Health Order can be found at the Alameda County Public Health Department website, or by visiting the Shelter in Place FAQ page

During City Hall closure, all Building Permit Applications and supporting documents/plan sets can be emailed to for processing. 

Do I need a permit?

Check to see if you need a permit for the work you are going to do.

Work Exempt from Permit

Who can pull a permit? 

  • Contractors - State-licensed Contractors may apply for and pull all necessary building permits
  • Agents - Third Party representatives can act on behalf of the property owner, with their written authorization, and apply for and pull building permits. The state-licensed contractor performing the work needs to be listed on the application. 
  • Owners - Property Owners can apply and pull building permits, either listing the hired contractor on the application, or as an Owner-Builder, acting as their own general contractor.
All contractors performing work must have a current contractor's state-license and Albany business license. 


Small Scale/Over-the-Counter Permits

For smaller residential projects, limited to no or only minor structural changes, such as:

  • Window replacements
  • Siding Replacements
  • HVAC/furnace installations
  • Water Heater repair/replacement
  • Re-roofs
  • Electrical service upgrades

A completed application including detailed scope of work with supporting documents, such as photos, site plan, product cut sheets, and/or materials list will be required to apply for an over-the-counter permit.

Large Scale/Plan Review Permits

Other projects that do not qualify for an Over-the-Counter permit will typically require Plan Review.

For detailed information on Building Permit Submittal Requirements for projects requiring Plan Review, see Plan Review page.

Information regarding building designs and plan sets can be found in: 

Building Design Authority List

Bathroom Remodel Submittal List

Kitchen Remodel Submittal List