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Large Project Submittals

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For new residential, residential alterations and additions, or Commercial Tenant Improvement.
Please be aware: All information on this page consists of general directions;
specific projects may have additional requirements.

Complete Permit Worksheet with 4 complete sets of plans for residential projects, and 5 complete sets for commercial. Provide 2 sets of structural calculations. Include Title 24 energy requirements and Green Building requirements separately or within plan set.


Review Site Plan Checklist and Building Permit Plan Review Checklist & Building Submittal Requirements.

For residential permits applied for by property owner, please complete Property Owner's Package.

Complete Waste Management Plan For Construction/Demolition for debris disposal.

For new residential buildings complete New Single Family Green Point Check List.

For all residential major remodels or additions check and complete Green Building Requirements on Green Building Information page and include on plans.

For all projects that need Special Inspections or Observations per Chapter 17 California Building Code complete Statement of Special Inspections, 2010 CBC from Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

Submit above permit package with Plan Check Deposit, see Application Fee Schedule (Page 3, Item 14), or it will be calculated when the project is submitted, based on the valuation of the work.

Progress of your submittal may be tracked via Online Research page.

Submittal hours are:

Monday - Friday

9 am - 5 pm
Closed 1 - 2pm for lunch
Closed every other Friday


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The City of Novato is not a full service city and your permit may require a permit and inspections by one or more of these agencies. Contact each agency directly.

Novato Sanitary District


New construction, sewer lines outside
of building.

Novato Fire Protection District


New construction, major remodels,
alterations to existing sprinkler system.

North Marin Water District


New construction, upgrade water meter
size for sprinklers.


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