The City of Novato's Building Division is part of the Community Development Department and is responsible for reviewing plans, issuing building permits and doing field inspections.

Building Division Mission:
The Building Division is dedicated to providing the highest level of inspection services and plan review to every architect, engineer, developer, contractor, business and property owner that resides or works within our community. Fairness, equality and the highest standard of professional ethics are our goals in providing our services while enforcing state construction laws and local ordinances that protect our residents. The Building Division works closely with the Planning Division, Code Enforcement Division, Public Works Department, and the Novato Fire Protection District to help maintain a safe and livable community.

Quick Links

Schedule an Inspection >>
Inspections are available Monday - Thursday only
How to Get a Building Permit >>
Search Permit Records >>
Building Codes >>
Fee Schedule >>

Building Documents & Additional Resources

Guides, Forms, & Consumer Alerts >>
Green Building Requirements >>
Wildland Urban Interface >>


  • What work requires a permit?
  • Where do I go to get a Zoning Clearance or Home Occupation Permit?
  • Where do I get information and apply for a business license?
  • What is the Wildland Urban Interface ( WUI ) fire area?
  • How does my home by being in a WUI zone affect a remodel or addition?
  • What is the purpose of WUI?
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