Building Permits

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How to Get a Building Permit in Lafayette 

Applying for a building permit in the City of Lafayette is a four-step process. Like many small cities in the area, Lafayette contracts with the Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department (CCCBID) to perform building permit plan-check and inspection services. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (CCCSD) and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) review plans to ensure their development standards are met. The process is outlined in the handout titled How to Get a Building Permit in Lafayette which includes location and contact information for each agency. Please see the section on the last page titled Do I Need a Building Permit? for a list of projects that do not require a building permit. 

Planning Project Checklist

The Planning Project Checklist is a brief form intended to provide a property owner or applicant with an overview of the rules and regulations that would be applicable to a given project. It is designed to be completed by a staff planner, however, it can be informative to an applicant as a blank form which lists the triggers for discretionary review. It does not constitute an entitlement or thorough analysis of any project. Since regulations change over time, a project is subject to the regulations in effect when the application is submitted and deemed complete.


The Planning & Building Department collects two types of fees - processing fees and development impact fees. Processing fees accompany discretionary applications. Development impact fees are required prior to issuance of permits. The City accepts Visa, MasterCard, cash, and checks, made payable to the "City of Lafayette." For the Planning & Development Fee Schedule, please click here.

Please note that other agencies, such as the Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department, have separate fee schedules. Please contact the other agencies directly to determine what fees may apply to your project. For a list of other agencies, please click here.

Building Permit Status & Records

The public can check on the status of permits by using the Department of Conservation and Development's Building Permit Database and select the "Building" tab. Permits can be searched for by entering any of the following information:
  • General Search
  • Property Address
  • Permit Information
  • Licensed Contractor Information
For information about recent and current building permits (issued during the 1980s to the present), please contact:

Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department
Lamorinda Field Office
3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 120
Lafayette, CA 94549
Tel. (925) 299-0263

For information about permits issued prior to the 1980s or if you need copies of the permits, please contact:

Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department
30 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Tel. (925) 674-7213

Alternatively, you may download the "Records Research Request Form"  and fax the completed form to (925) 674-7238 or (925) 674-7239.

Please note that all plans must have permission from the owner and any licensed professional before they may be reproduced.

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