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Apply for Detached Garages or Carports

Detached garages or carports providing covered parking spaces should be generally located to the rear or side of any primary residential facility. Zoning Review and a Building Permit are required for new detached garages or carports

Before you Start

Please review Permit Requirements below as they 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: Apply for Zoning Review
    • Submit a Zoning Worksheet (ZW) through our Online Permit Center*
      * NOTE: You will be taken to our login page first before you can submit a ZW
    • In the Worksheet, upload your completed Basic Application for Development Review, your completed Building Permit Application including a description of all proposed work, and all associated plans and documents
    • A planner will review your submission
    • Once approved, your application will be routed to the Building Permit Counter or you will receive a decision letter from the Bureau of Planning if applicable
  2. Step Two: Apply for Building Permits
  3. Step Three: Application Review

    Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If your plans require corrections or if we need further information, we will contact you. 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 & Services Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.


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