Apply for Demolition Permit

Building Permits are required for any demolition work on any type of structure, whether residential, commercial, or industrial.

Before you Start

Please review the Permit Requirements below as these vary from project to project.

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.

What to Do

Permit Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Step One: Zoning Permits (As Applicable)

    If MORE than half of the exterior walls of a building are to be demolished*, you must submit the following:
    NOTE: Zoning Permits are not required for Soft Demolition

  2. Step Two: Building Permits
  3. Step Three: Application Review

    Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your submission. 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.

Need to Know


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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