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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources

City of Novato Building Division is part of the Community Development Department and is responsible for reviewing plans, issuing building permits and conducting field inspections.

New! We have developed a new Start-to-Finish Remote Permitting process. 

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Got Building Code or Inspection Questions? We're here to help you! Contact a City of Novato Building Inspector for answers. 

Building Division Mission:

The Building Division is dedicated to providing the highest level of inspection and plan review services to every architect, engineer, developer, contractor, business and property owner that resides or works within our community. Fairness, equality and the highest standard of professional ethics are our goals in providing our services while enforcing state construction laws and local ordinances that protect our residents. The Building Division works closely with the Planning Division, Code Enforcement Division, Public Works Department, and the Novato Fire Protection District to help maintain a safe and livable community.

 Business Counter
An online tool, powered by Open Counter, to help businesses navigate the City's various permit processes. Businesses will be able to look up zoning requirements, permits and fees. Just answer a few questions about your business to receive a customized report on the permits, licenses, and estimated fees required for your project.


Quick Links

Schedule an Inspection >>
Search Permit Records >>
Building Codes >>
Fee Schedule >>

Building Documents & Additional Resources

Fee Schedule Guides, Forms, & Consumer Alerts >>

Green Building Requirements >>
Wildland Urban Interface >>

AB3002 -  Assembly Bill 3002 went into effect on January 1, 2019, which provides information regarding disability access requirements and resources to business owners. Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean translations available at this link



  • What work requires a permit?
  • Do I need a building permit to build a fence?
  • How long is my permit good for?
  • I just received a letter from the Building Division saying my permit is going to expire. What should I do?
  • Where do I go to get a Zoning Clearance or Home Occupation Permit?
  • Where do I get information and apply for a business license?
  • I’m almost at my 180 day limit from my last inspection, but I am not quite ready for my next inspection. Can I get an extension so my permit does not expire?
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