Building or development projects, work within public right of way, grading and activities that impact watercourses in unincorporated Alameda County are among the many activities that require compliance with various County Ordinances and acquisition of permits. The Alameda County Public Works Agency offers online services for acquisition of building, encroachment and well/drilling permits, and continues to expand its online permit offerings. Through the Virtual Permit Center, an internet based online portal, customers can apply for building permits from any-where at any-time using their computer devices. Additionally, for those applicants who wants to secure approval and permits in person, ACPWA offers a One-Stop Permit Center allowing applicants to interact with various departments including building and grading, planning, and fire, at a single location.
COVID-19 Update from the Permit DepartmentDue to the County Health Officer Shelter In Place Order published on March 31, 2020, the Alameda County Public Works Agency is taking necessary precautionary measures in our permit processes.
All visits to the Permit Center are by appointment only. Please call the following numbers to schedule an appointment for your respective permit applications:
Building Permits: 510-670-5440
Non-Building Permits : 510-670-5868 (Encroachment, Grading, Residential Parking and Stormwater)
Building inspections will take place as normal during the subject time frame under the latest County Health Officer Order guidelines. For more information, please visit the ACPWA Covid-19 Update page.