What's the first step in this process?
The DRC has pamphlets that describe the steps required to secure a permit for each kind of project, e.g., building a house, remodeling a house, or requesting a variance. Before you fill out an application, study the pamphlet that applies to your project to determine which approvals you will need and what plans and other documents you must submit with your application.
Once you are familiar with your project’s requirements, we recommend that you prepare some very preliminary plans and bring them to the DRC counter so that we can review them before you submit your application. An informal meeting at this stage may save you considerable time and money later on. The goal of every staff member at the DRC is to help you get your project approved. After seeing very preliminary plans, the counter staff can help you by spotting potential problems and pointing out what kinds of changes, if any, you might have to make. Then you can create your formal plans and submit your application.
If you are new to San Mateo County, you may also wish to make an appointment to meet with staff as part of the County’s Early Assistance Meeting Program. Early assistance meetings are designed to acquaint owner/builders, contractors, architects, and other professionals who are new to the area with our permit system, the different agencies involved, and the various costs and requirements. There is no charge for the meeting, which you can schedule with the Planning & Building Department by calling (650) 363-1825. Meetings are currently available. Please call for details.
How to Apply for a Permit by Fax or Mail
(Staff reviews plans at the counter and if all applicable criteria is met, the permit is issued at that time. Click link above for more information.)