Permit Center

Important information about processing delays

We are currently experiencing a high volume of requests for permits and are about 10-15 days delayed in our initial electronic processing. Should you need to apply for a permit or submit plans earlier than our estimated time frame, please bring in your submittal to our permit center during our open hours of 9-1pm (12:30pm for new submittals) Monday through Thursday and a permit technician will either issue or if it is a submittal, take in your submittal right away. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Permit Center is a “one-stop” location in City Hall for the review of development projects and building plans. Representatives from Planning, Building, Engineering, Landscape and the Fire Department are on hand to answer questions and assist you with your project. 

Building, Planning and Non-Construction permits, handouts, forms and more. 

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For your convenience, plan review applications and permit issuance will continue to be accepted via online (use the button above). For building permit assistance, please contact a Permit Center at (510) 583-4005 or click on the button above to contact us.

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At the Permit Center:

  • Application for land use permits and construction, demolition and encroachment permits may be made at the Permit Center;
  • Minor permits (termite repair, window replacement & re-roofing etc.) are frequently issued over the counter in a single visit to the Permit Center;
  • There is a self-help area where you may research zoning and permitting history of a building or project;
  • Many records can be copied for a nominal charge.

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We know the process can seem daunting, but don't worry, we have a guide that tells you how to get from permit application to approved permit and all the steps and options in between.

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There are many forms and applications associated with the permitting process. Get everything you need here.

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Planning Documents

On the Planning Documents page you will find the Hayward General Plan, along with & 16 Neighborhood Plans and much more.

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We offer special permitting programs to help you expedite the permitting process. Including our special Solar Tuesdays.

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