Effect of the Marin County Shelter in Place Order: All building inspections for active permits will continue as normal. Staffing will be limited, however, so customers should anticipate delays.
When an inspector arrives at your property, they may ask questions about symptoms of illness that you or other involved persons may be exhibiting. We are asking ALL customers to provide this information in an effort to identify how to best minimize exposure to our customers and our employees. We want to maintain highest possible staffing levels so that we can continue to provide inspection services to our community.
How to Apply For a Building Permit Via Email: During the Marin County Shelter In Place Order applicants may email their complete permit package to firstname.lastname@example.org. Although all permits and plan check applications will be accepted and processed, permits will only be issued for work deemed “essential” under the Order. Permits are processed in the order received. Please click here for information on how to apply for a building permit via email.
Code Enforcement complaints involving life safety issues will also continue as normal; all others will be deferred.
Resale Inspections will be temporarily suspended during the local emergency.
Planning Department can be reached at email@example.com.
To apply for an encroachment or grading permit, please visit the Public Works permitting website.
The building permit process in the City of Novato is a simple procedure for various types of building permits including minor “One Stop Shop” permits to more complex types of building permit submittals. The building permit office is at 922 Machin Avenue. The office is open Monday - Friday from 9 - 5, and is closed for lunch from 12 - 1 pm. The city is closed on alternating Fridays.
ONE STOP SHOP HOURS:
9am - 11am, Monday - Thursday
Limited to Minor Permits, Resale Included
EXPANDED BUILDING PERMIT COUNTER HOURS:
1pm - 3pm, Monday - Thursday
*For Issuance of Minor Residential Building Permits
(Click this link to view list of permits included)
*Please Note: Projects that require a plan check by Building or
Planning staff are reviewed from 9:00-11:00am, Monday - Thursday only
ALL PERMITS - GENERAL INFORMATION
Please be aware: All information on this page consists of general directions; specific projects may have additional requirements. Please review our Required Permits Bulletin.
ATTENTION CONTRACTORS: We now offer LIMITED online permitting.
Complete Permit Worksheet
For permits applied for by property owner, please complete Property Owner's Package (also known as owner/builder).
For permits applied for by a licensed contractor, you must have a City of Novato Business License.
ALL permits must complete Waste Management Plan.
New permits must adhere to current California Building Code
MINOR PERMITS (Plans not required)
These types of minor residential permits do not need plans and can be processed over the counter at One Stop Shop. Examples of permits that do not need plans include: Window replacements, residential electrical service upgrade, reroofs, water or gas line repair/ replacement and residential water heater, furnace and/or air conditioner replacements. Please review these instructions for minor permits plans not required.
MINOR PERMITS - Plans Required
These types of minor residential permits require plans and can be processed over the counter at our “One Stop Shop.
Examples include: Minor Kitchen Remodel, Minor Bath Remodel, decks, sheds, fences, Landscape structures. Please review these instructions for minor permits plans required.
These types of projects require plans and a deposit. Please review these submittal requirements for large projects, plans required.
For Existing Buildings: ALL nonresidential projects with the job valuation of $166,157 or less, must complete the Disabled Access Hardship Application Form.
- Smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms required on all permits with valuation exceeding $1000. (Sections 314 & 315 CRC) Learn more here about smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
- Non-exempt contractors MUST bring a copy of the Worker's Compensation certificate EACH time a permit is applied for.
- A new Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control Program is in place as of July 2015 under the new NPDES Phase II MS4 Permit. Some Building Permit applications may require an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (ESCP).