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.
Installed generators require Zoning Review. Generators should be located at the side (not in a required yard “setback”) or anywhere in a rear yard (including setback). Creek and noise considerations may apply to the review.
For small residential generators (natural gas-powered), apply for both an Electrical and Plumbing permit here:
For large generators (>400 lbs. AND with a center of gravity above 4 ft.), you will also need a Building Permit:
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.
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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