Apply for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Permits

The permit process provides assurance that alterations or new installations in buildings are inspected for compliance with all required safety standards as established by local and state building codes. This process begins with obtaining a permit.

Before you Start

Please review the Permit Requirements below as these 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 see our video: How to Apply for Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing (MEP) Permits.

What to Do

Permit Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Step One: Apply Online

    Apply through our Online Permit Center (must be a fully registered and activated user):

    Need additional guidance? Try using our Permit Wizard to help you select the right permit type for your project.

  2. Step Two: Application Review

    Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your submission. If we need further information, we will contact you. If your application is approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. 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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