Apply for Accessory Structures: Garages & Sheds (Not ADUs)

Accessory structures include garages and sheds. Their use is customarily accessory to and incidental to that of the primary dwelling(s) located on the same lot. Zoning review and a Building Permit are required for most new accessory structures.

Before you Start

Please review Permit Requirements below as they vary from project to project.

Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.

What to Do

Permit Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Step One: Apply for Zoning Review
    • Submit a Zoning Worksheet through our Online Permit Center*
      * NOTE: You will be taken to our login page first before you can submit a Zoning Worksheet
    • In the Worksheet, upload your completed Basic Application for Development Review including all site photos, a site plan, elevations and/or a cut sheet for vendor
    • A planner will review your submission
    • Once approved, you will receive confirmation from the Zoning Division
  2. Step Two: Apply for Building Permits
  3. Step Three: Application Review

    Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If your plans require corrections or if we need further information, we will contact you. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.

Need to Know


Call (510) 238-3891 or find quick answers through our Permit & Services Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.


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