Window Replacement

Building Permits are required for any window replacement in either a residential or commercial structure.

Date Posted: November 17th, 2020 @ 4:38 PM
Last Updated: May 12th, 2022 @ 11:07 AM

When Is a Permit Required?

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Building Permits are required for any window replacement, and must be obtained before any construction work begins.

See the "How to Apply" section below for full details and procedures.

If your project includes interior work, such as a Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel, please visit our Bathroom & Kitchen Remodels page to apply for permits for the entire project.

Who Can Be Issued a Permit?

  1. Contractors who are licensed by the State of California with a classification appropriate for the work that will be performed and have a current Business Tax Certificate.
  2. Owners of a building or their legal representative.

How to Apply


Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.


You must provide the appropriate energy forms for your window replacement work:

  • For residential projects 3 stories or below, you may complete the Oakland CF1R Energy Form for Fenestration or provide another approved energy form
  • For residential projects 4 stories or above or commercial projects, provide a completed NRCC-ENV Building Energy Efficiency - Title 24 Compliance Form (not the simplified form). Compliance forms may be found on the California Energy Commission website


Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If we need further information, we will contact you. If your application is approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.


Call (510) 238-3891 or find quick answers through our Permit Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.

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