Home City Council Departments Services Calendar Contact Us Search
Building and Safety Services
Police Department


San Ramon LogoCalifornia Building Code Permit Exemptions


Permits are NOT required for the following types of home improvements:

  • One-story detached accessory building provided the floor area does not exceed 120 s.f. (Planning Department Zoning regulations still apply)
  • Patio slabs (where no patio cover is to be constructed).
  • Sidewalks (MUST drain to front of property).
  • Driveways.  (Contact the Engineering Division)
  • Painting (both interior and exterior)
  • Papering and similar finish work.
  • Removing and replacing carpeting, floor tile, or vinyl flooring (unless termite report or water damage is involved, or alterations to framing or sub-floor are proposed).
  • Removing and replacing broken panes of glass.
  • Fences not over six (6’) feet in height.
  • Retaining walls not over four (4’) feet in height from the bottom of the foundation to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge (a cut in hillside creates a surcharge) or within an Engineered Grading Development such as Dougherty Valley.
  • Platforms, patio slabs, or decks, walks, and driveways not more than thirty (30”) inches above grade and not over any basement or story below.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of a residence or garage when projecting not more than fifty-four (54”) inches.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a residence in which the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade and if the water capacity does not exceed five thousand (5,000) gallons. (Electrical permit is required for ALL prefabricated pool equipment.)

NOTE:  Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical, & mechanical permits will be required for the above-exempted items.



We provide efficient delivery of quality public services that are essential to those who live and work in San Ramon.
2401 Crow Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA 94583 |
Map | Phone (925) 973-2580