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architects plansIn line with the current Shelter-in-Place urgent Health Order (in effect through May 3rd), construction of single-family homes, multi-family, and accessory dwelling units, as well as all commercial construction is halted.  This will be re-evaluated later this month when we anticipate a new and updated Health Order from the San Mateo County Health Officer.  


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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8am-5pm 
Wednesday 8am-5pm 
Friday 8am-1pm 


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Building inspections have been limited to permits to address immediate life safety and health issues.  To schedule an Inspection on this type of permit, please call the Building Department at (415) 508-2120.  


Building permit plan check fees are collected at the time of building permit submittal and are based on a percentage of the building permit fee.  The building permit fee and other applicable fees are collected at the time of permit issuance.  The City collects the fees directly, except for school fees which are payable to the school district and a district receipt is required prior to permit issuance.  The following outline of the fees required to obtain a building permit is provided in accordance with California Assembly Bill (AB) 1483: 

Plan check: 

  • $64 minimum or 
  • 50 percent of Building Permit fee for Residential
  • 60 percent of Building Permit fee for Non-residential 
  • 85 percent of Building Permit fee for Fast Track (Residential and Non-residential) 

Building Permit fee:  The Building Permit Fee Schedule is based on either square footage for new floor area or based on project valuation for residential remodels and commercial tenant improvements. 

City of Brisbane Art in Public Places Fee:  The City’s arts fee is 1% of the project valuation for non-residential tenant improvements and new development of $1M and more and residential development of 10 units and more.  See BMC Section 15.85.

Parks Fee:  See BMC Chapter 16.24

SMI Fee:  See Dept. of Conservation Fee Schedule

School District Fee:  For new construction, please review the School District Fee Schedule and Developer Fee Justification Study

Building Permit Fee Estimator – Worksheets for preliminary estimates.

New Housing Inclusionary Requirements (AB 1483 disclosure)

For developments of 6 units or more, a certain number of units are to be established as affordable to households with income levels that are below market rates.  These requirements are provided in BMC Section 17.31.030.  

Building Permit Checklists


State and Local Building Codes   

State Code:  2019 California Building Code (CBC) (effective 1/1/2020).  The full list of adopted state codes is provided with Ordinance No. 643

Local Code:  Brisbane Municipal Code, Title 15 – Buildings & Construction.  Title 15 frequently referenced local reach codes include: 

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