Permits & Business License Portal

We've made our most requested forms, checklists, guidelines, and general information documents available online to help you remodel, build a new structure, offer outdoor seating, and more!

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Develop a property


These documents are helpful to property owners to ensure that the required components are ready for inspection. 

Get a parking permit


These documents are for residents and business owners looking to purchase parking permits.

Plan a special event or picnic


Looking to hold or advertise a birthday celebration, family picnic, block party, or other special event in San Mateo?

Provide outdoor seating


Interested in placing outside tables and chairs at your place of business? Outdoor dining can be a great way to encourage walking, add liveliness to city streets and promote local economic development.

Remodel my house


From bathroom and kitchen remodels to backyard BBQs, pools, and spas we’ve got you covered for all your home improvement and repair needs.

Remove or plant a tree


All public trees and many privately-owned trees require a permit prior to pruning or removal. Would you like a tree planted in front of your home for free?

Replace or repair my sidewalk or driveway


Sidewalks that are in poor condition lessen the attractiveness of a neighborhood and contribute to a decline in sidewalk safety and ease-of-use. Any work performed in the public right of way requires an encroachment permit - for example: installation or repair of sidewalk, curb and/or gutter, or driveway approach; and installation of sidewalk underdrain

Start or Register a Business


Starting your business can be rewarding but it is important to successfully navigate the requirements for starting a business to ensure your success.