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Many permits also require review by the Planning Division. The Planning Division reviews the height, size, and occupancy type of your project, as well as neighborhood concerns.
Submit the completed application forms along with the appropriate fee. The plans are then reviewed by a Building Plan Checker. Once approved by all Divisions/Departments, a permit is issued. A building permit issued while you wait is called and "Over the Counter Permit". Types of work that can be done over the counter are: - Existing bathroom and kitchen remodels - Repair of existing stucco or siding - Most types of termite repair work - Exterior stair repair - Roof sheathing repair - Replacement of existing windows
A complete plan should illustrate the following items: - Building location and relationship to the street, sidewalk, property lines and other items on or near the property. - Distance(s) between the house walls and the front, back, and side lot lines. - Exterior elevations illustrating the addition or the change being made. - Plans for each floor being remodeled or added to show both the existing and proposed work. - Type and size of all building materials to be used. Show connections/attachments. - Structural drawings and calculations if required. - Title 24 Part 6 Energy Calculation for new living areas.
Information and forms that have been glued, pasted or taped onto plans are not acceptable, nor is "white-out" allowed on permit drawings.
If any department has comments on your project they will issue a correction notice which will be faxed or mailed to the individual who submitted the plans. The applicant should make the corresponding corrections on a new set of plans and re-submit the plans. The plans are put back into the routing system and reviewed a second time.
Once the plans are approved by all departments, we will package your permit for issuance and call the applicant to come pick up the permit. Only the contractor or the homeowner may pull the permit at this time. An agent for the owner or contractor must have a letter from the owner stating that the agent has been given permission to pull the permit.
A Building Permit fee is paid at the time the permit is picked up. This fee is based on the construction valuation and any plumbing, mechanical, or electrical work being done.
However, special structural components such as engineered foundation or shear walls, retaining walls over four feet high, underpinning, rigid frames, structural steel or reinforced concrete or wood trusses, glu-laminated beams, columns and arches shall be designed and signed by a licensed architect, civil engineer or structural engineer.
The Green Building Code requires a construction and waste management form to be completed prior to permit issuance and a minimum of 65% of nonhazardous construction and demolition waste to be recycled. The City of San Mateo holds a deposit until the end of the project. When the recycling receipts are turned in and it is verified that 65% or more was recycled, a reimbursement will be issued.