Repairs, Remodels & Maintenance

Do You Need a Permit?

If you are doing any work on your home, you will likely need a permit - even for minor work like repairing a fence or changing out a window. And, there may be requirements or fees that apply to your project. Make sure you have the full scope of your project before you start.

There are several departments that might be involved in the permitting.

The Fire Marshal oversees all fire protection system installations including sprinklers and alarms.

The Public Works & Utilities Department oversees utility connections and requirements as well as work done on / in public property, i.e., sidewalks, curbs, and curb cuts, streets etc.

Planning oversees work on the exterior of your property.  Changes to the windows, additional square footage and some equipment may need to be reviewed by them.  Also, if you are changing the way a property is used, such as remodeling a retail space into a restaurant, you may also need a permit and may also trigger additional requirements.

The Building Department issues building permits, reviews plans and coordinates your projects with other departments.  They also do inspections and final approval of your project.

The best way to know for sure is to ask our staff - 707-778-4301 or [email protected] or in person at 11 English Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Repairs & Maintenance

If you are installing a new roof, repairing a fence, or changing out windows, you may need a permit. Check out this list of things that need a building permit.


Remodeling your house is exciting and expensive. Changing out plumbing fixtures, moving walls, and changing your lighting are all things that require building permits.

Building Handouts

Residential Fire Sprinkler Checklist DOC (157 KB)
Required Building Permits PDF (255 KB)
Swimming Pool Demolition Guidelines PDF (201 KB)
Residential Pool/Spa Information PDF (291 KB)
Accessory Dwelling & Junior Accessory Dwelling Requirements PDF (250 KB)
As Built Plan Check and Inspections PDF (229 KB)
Permit Extension Request PDF (299 KB)
Resubmittal of Plans Guidelines PDF (183 KB)
Electronic File Preparation Standards PDF (268 KB)
Change in Use or Occupancy Classification PDF (199 KB)
Residential Replacement Windows PDF (260 KB)
Solar PV Storage Battery Requirements PDF (221 KB)
Electric Vehicle Charger Checklist PDF (345 KB)
CALGreen Building Design and Construction Verification PDF (238 KB)
Fence Permit Application Form PDF (188 KB)
Water Use Efficiency Improvements PDF (258 KB)
Tankless Water Heater Information PDF (212 KB)
Special Inspector Application PDF (196 KB)
Smoke Alarm Location & Info – Residential PDF (270 KB)
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Self Verification Form PDF (227 KB)
Lighting Standards – Residential PDF (4.2 MB)
Solar Photovoltaic Requirements PDF (254 KB)
PEX Use Requirements PDF (206 KB)
Lead Abatement Information PDF (472 KB)
Cool Roofs Requirements PDF (228 KB)
Grading & Drainage Info – Commercial PDF (220 KB)
Handrail Info – Commercial PDF (253 KB)
Outdoor Firepit, BBQ, and Fireplace Requirements PDF (33 KB)
Fence Permit Info Sheet PDF (372 KB)
SPAR Trash Enclosure Standards PDF (309 KB)
Sewer Lateral Replacement Application PDF (242 KB)
Bathroom Remodel Permit – Residential PDF (216 KB)
Kitchen Remodel Permit – Residential PDF (198 KB)
Building Inspection Procedures PDF (207 KB)
Garage Conversion to Living Space PDF (232 KB)
Special Inspection Approved Agencies PDF (130 KB)
Construction Drawings General Information PDF (226 KB)
Construction Waste Management Form PDF (357 KB)
Permit Checklist – Residential PDF (223 KB)
Addition/Remodel Info – Residential PDF (245 KB)
Trellis/Patio Cover Information PDF (221 KB)
Retaining Wall Detail – Standard PDF (257 KB)
Handrail and Stairs Info – Residential PDF (426 KB)
Commercial Tenant Improvement Information PDF (253 KB)
Gas Pressure Tests – Information PDF (218 KB)
Construction Info – Residential PDF (289 KB)
Deck Info – Residential PDF (210 KB)
How to Get a Building Permit PDF (235 KB)
Guidelines for Plan Organization and Sheet Identification PDF (117 KB)
Planning Fee Schedule PDF (186 KB)
Accessibility Requirements for Existing Building or Facility – Commercial PDF (236 KB)
Unreasonable Hardship Application PDF (260 KB)
Building Permit Supplemental Application-Owner/Builder (required) PDF (319 KB)
Projects Requiring a Building Permit PDF (255 KB)
Building Permit Supplemental Application-Contractor (required) PDF (299 KB)
Special Inspection and Testing Procedure PDF (354 KB)
Permit Checklist – Commercial PDF (236 KB)
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You should make sure you get all the permits you need before you start your project.  Some projects may trigger fees are upgrades that will cost money.

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