To check the status of a permit please visit Hayward Self Service.
Tenant improvements cover a wide range of non-residential projects, for example a small café remodel to a 50,000-square-foot factory build-out. While the scale, scope and complexity of tenant improvements vary, fundamental elements of the permitting process are essentially the same. Highlighted for convenience are five steps methodically designed to keep a project moving forward, and depending on complexity more than one step can occur concurrently.
A tentative tract map is required for all subdivisions that result in creating five or more parcels or condominiums. Tentative tract maps are also required for condominium conversions; a community apartment project containing five or more parcels; or the conversion of a dwelling to a stock cooperative containing five or more dwelling units.
Trash enclosures are required when commercial and multi-family properties plan to store trash, recyclables, and organics outside.
A variance allows a project to deviate from a standard of the Zoning Ordinance where, because of special circumstances applicable to the property, the strict application of the zoning ordinance would deprive the property of privileges enjoyed by other properties in the vicinity and an under identical zoning classification.
A permit is required to install, replace or relocate a water heater. A permit must be obtained before beginning the work. Work performed without proper permits is subject to additional fees. Water Heater Permits are same day residential permits.
Replacing or adding new windows, sliding glass doors or skylights requires a building permit. Broken window glass can be repaired in any of these without a permit if the existing sash and frame stay in place. Window/Door Retro/Replace Permits are same day Residental Permits.
A Zone Change is required if a project is proposed which is not consistent with the established zoning for a property. An application may be submitted to change the zoning of the property to a different zone, or to change it to a Planned Development zoning, in order to build the proposed project.
Zoning Conformance Permits are required for certain construction projects and uses of property that have greater potential for impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. The ZC process allows City staff to formally review minor projects for conformance with the standards of the Municipal Code.
You may submit a Zoning Conformance Permit application to keep chickens, apiaries (beehives) and other livestock at your residence provided that you meet the standards related to minimum lot area; maximum number of animals; minimum amount of open area; enclosure and maintenance requirements set forth in Hayward Municipal Code Section 10-1.2735(e).