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The mission of the Building and Safety Program is to ensure public safety, health and welfare through the effective administration and enforcement of local ordinances and California Building Codes. We are responsible for ensuring that development projects are designed and constructed to comply with adopted code standards. We enforce building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical installations; accessibility; and energy compliance. In the event of an emergency or disaster, it is our responsibility to perform damage assessments of all structures.

Building Permits
Building permits are required to build, enlarge, alter, remove, demolish, or repair a structure in the City of Half Moon Bay.  This includes everything from houses and garages to commercial construction, tenant improvements to signs.

Electrical Permits
Electrical permits are required for the installation of new electrical service equipment, existing service relocation, service upgrades as well as fixed appliances and equipment connections.

Solar Permits (PV Systems)
Solar Permits are required for the installation of solar panels / Photovoltaic Systems. Click Here to view the Solar Photovoltaic System Guidelines.

Mechanical Permits
Mechanical permits are required for the installation and repair of heating, ventilating, cooling and refrigeration systems.

Plumbing Permits
Plumbing permits are required for the installation, removal, alteration, or replacement of any plumbing, gas or drainage piping work or any fixture or water heating equipment in a building or premises.

Applying for a Permit

To apply for a permit for any structural changes, any additional square footage to an existing structure, or any items specified above, you need to:

Plan Checks

Plan Checks are performed to ensure projects are designed in compliance with applicable codes and standards. Your plans may need to be reviewed by Planning, Fire, Coastside County Water District, Police, and Building

Review and complete the Submittal Checklist prior to stopping by City Hall. Please allow at least 10 business days to process. You will be notified of the status when ready.

Building Inspection

Building inspections ensure that projects are constructed in compliance with codes and the approved permit and plans.  Inspections should be scheduled 24 hours in advance

Inspections are preformed Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Scheduling an Inspection
Schedule an inspection on a project with a current permitl 650.726.8794.  Please be prepared to leave the following information on the voicemail:

  • Permit Number
  • Project Address
  • Type of Inspection
  • Contact Person's Name and Phone Number

Prior to scheduling a final inspection, obtain final approval from all other applicable departments.  Please make sure the following items are submitted to the Building Department:

HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION Work is only allowed to be preformed during these hours
Monday - Friday7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday and Holidays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Contact Information

Building permits, building inspections, or building code questions

Building Inspector


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Building Permit procedures, statues, requirements 

Permit Technician 


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Building Department Fax Number: 650-726-8261

Counter hours :
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm