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Online Permit Center

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For Contractors Only

Please read the following information carefully to see if your permit can be processed online. If it is not one of the specific permit types allowed, or if it is a commercial address, please visit the How to Get a Building Permit page for more information. 

The following simple, flat-fee, residential permits are currently available for processing online:

Water Heater (50 gallons or less)
Furnace Replacement 
Furnace & Air Conditioning Replacement
  1 – 8 windows
  9 or more windows

If you would like to use the ePermit system for residential permits listed above, you  must first have a City of Novato Business License . Please visit the Business License web page for more information. Then, please email us, or call 415-899-8979 and leave your name, company, phone, and email address, we will notify you when your epermits account is activated.

Review these instructions  to guide you through the process. Note: You must use the Contractor login, not the Public login that is also offered on the page.

If you already have an account, login here.

To apply for a City of Novato Residential Resale Inspection please go to the Code Enforcement resale page where you can order the inspection online.

Online permitting offers the following benefits:  
  • allows you to process a permit at your convenience - including weekends and holidays
  • credit card transactions are PCI-compliant for highest security of your information
  • no waiting in line at city offices
  • print your own documents
  • schedule inspections
  • check the status of a permit