Building Division


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.

Building Division Contact Information:

Phone: 415-899-8989    Fax: 415-899-8216

Location: 922 Machin Avenue

Inspection Hot Line: 415-899-8240 - call prior to 6 AM each weekday to schedule a same day inspection. You can also schedule inspections up to five days in advance. This is an automated system, please do not call from a cell phone to ensure all of your information is recorded. Inspections are available Monday - Thursday.

Over-the-counter permits are issued during One Stop Shop: 9 am - 11 am, Monday - Thursday.

How to get an inspection - Inspections are available Monday - Thursday only.

Building Division hours are:

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday (We are closed from 1pm - 2 pm for lunch)
The city is CLOSED on alternating Fridays:
View City calendar for additional closed dates (including alternating Fridays).

In the event of a public works emergency (flooding, downed trees, etc.), please call the Novato Police Department anytime at 897-4361.

Building Division Staff

Chief Building Official
Annette Chavez

Senior Building Inspector: Robert Cubley      415-899-8930    Email:

Building Inspector II:    Lorenzo Aguilar        415-899-8982    Email:

Building Inspector II:     Ezra Morrison           415-899-8937    Email:

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