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.

NEW! Business Counter
An online tool, powered by Open Counter, to help businesses navigate the City's permit process. Businesses will be able to look up zoning requirements, permits and fees. Just answer a few questions about your business to receive a customized report on the permits, licenses, and estimated fees required for your project.

NEW! Zoning Check
Select a land use and location to see how the zoning code will impact your project. This also helps applicants understand their options before choosing a location for their business.

Quick Links

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

Building Documents & Additional Resources

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


  • What work requires a permit?
  • Do I need a building permit to build a fence?
  • How long is my permit good for?
  • I just received a letter from the Building Division saying my permit is going to expire. What should I do?
  • Where do I go to get a Zoning Clearance or Home Occupation Permit?
  • Where do I get information and apply for a business license?
  • I’m almost at my 180 day limit from my last inspection, but I am not quite ready for my next inspection. Can I get an extension so my permit does not expire?
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