These types of minor residential permits do not need plans and can be processed over the counter at One Stop Shop (Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 11 am). 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 be aware: All information on this page consists of general directions; specific projects may have additional requirements.
Complete the following three forms for all permits:
Waste Management Form
(Note: permits pulled by contractors do not need Owner-Builder form, but require
a City of Novato Business License & proof of Worker's Comp.)
Complete required Residential California Energy Form(s) for the following jobs:
HVAC Addition or Replacement
Indoor (not kitchen) & Outdoor Lighting
Reroof Energy and ReRoof Supplemental Questionnaire (Novato = Climate Zone 2)
Reroofing Self-Certification Form
Water Heater or Windows
Additional water heater information:
Tankless Water Heater
(Window replacement and Reroof are also subject to requirements of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).)
For property located in Wildland Urband Interface Fire Areas (WUI) fire zones please see Policy for Remodels and Alterations To Existing Buildings for additional requirements on exterior work.
Smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms required on all permits with valuation exceeding $1000. (Sections 314 & 315 CRC) - Questions? Guidelines for Owner Certificate of Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms Compliance.
For exemptions (outside work only), read and complete this form.
For non-residential energy compliance, please visit the California Energy Commission.