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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources

Guides, Energy, Forms & Consumer Alerts

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Contractor Requirements:

  • Non-exempt contractors MUST bring a copy of the Worker's Compensation certificate EACH time a permit is applied for.
  • Contractors working in Novato must pay for a City of Novato Business License.


Current California Building Codes

Required Permits Bulletin

Electrical and Mechanical Equipment_2019

Authorized Construction & Grading Hours

Barriers Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

Bathroom Remodels, Residential

Building Permit Plan Review Checklist

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Requirements

Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements for Encroachment Permits

Fee Schedule: Community Development Department/Public Works Department Schedule of Flat  Fees & Minimum Deposits for Cost Based Fees

Gas Fireplace Inserts


Retaining Wall Guides:
    Type "A" Level Backfill Concrete Block
    Type "B" Sloping Backfill
    Type "C" Wood
    Soldier Pile Wall

Siding Replacement Policy

Site Plan Checklist

Stormwater Quality Manual for Development Projects in Marin County

Tankless Water Heaters

Tree Permits

Wildland Urban Interface Policy for remodels and alterations to existing buildings 

Windows and WUI Information


Energy Forms:

HVAC Addition or Replacement
Indoor (non-kitchen) and Outdoor Lighting
Kitchen Lighting
Reroof Energy and Reroof Supplemental Application   (Novato = Climate Zone 2)
Water Heater or Windows
        Additional water heater information:
        Tankless Water Heater

Faxmit Construction Permit Program (limited permitting types for contractors)


Special Form for Nonresidential Building Permits Under $166,157 Valuation
Disabled Access Hardship Application Form

    Valuation Threshold from Division of the State Architect

Special Form for Residential Construction from Marin County Assessor’s Office; 
Disabled Persons Claim for Exclusion of New Construction

    (For work to existing dwelling to make the building more accessible. Please see page 2 for
     qualifications for this exclusion) 
     Disabled Persons Claim For Exclusion of New Construction 


Notification for Commercial or Industrial Tenancy Change

Owner Certificate of Compliance for Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm Devices

Owner Certificate of Compliance for Water-conserving Plumbing Fixtures 

Permit Worksheet & Instructions for Completing Permit Worksheet

Property Owner's Package (Owner/Builder Form)

Owner-Builders Beware! - pamphlet from the California Contractors State License Board

Reroofing Permit - Supplemental Application

 Statement of Special Inspections

Waste Management Plan 


AB 3002 - Information regarding disability access requirements and resources to business owners. 

Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean translations available at this link

Energy Upgrade California - state-wide program of rebates & incentives for homeowners

Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements - Construction & Post Construction Alert

North Marin Water District - Water Conservation Requirements Checklist for New Development and Construction 

Owner-Builder Information Bulletin

Renovation, Repair and Painting Program: Consumers

Housing, Zoning and Building Codes Appeals Board Vacancy information here






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