Express Same-Day Plan Check

While all construction plans are processed as quickly as possible, plans may be reviewed by all City Departments on the same day. An approval letter or plan check comments are normally faxed or mailed the same or next day.

The Building Division, Planning Division, Engineering Division, and the Fire Department are on hand during Express time to review plans.

Review includes California Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, Energy, and Fire Codes. Engineering Division checks requirements in the area of site and public improvements. Zoning requirements are also checked.


Express Same-Day Plan Check service is intended for applicants, arriving Tuesday mornings between 8 and 10 a.m., with plans for:

  • Residential remodeling projects.
  • Commercial tenant improvement work under 5,000 square fee and under $150,000 valuation without structural modifications to the building shell.
  • Decks and retaining walls.
  • Single-story residential additions less than 50% of the original gross floor area.

Permits for work that does not require plans (like water heaters, window replacement, roofing, and garage doors) will continue to be issued over-the-counter during normal business hours.


First, make sure your plans are in order and ready for review. Then bring them in during Express time: Tuesday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. Applicants, who arrive between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. ONLY, can be assured that their plans will be reviewed that day. Applicants will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How much does it cost?
There is no extra charge for Express Same-Day Plan Check. Regular plan check fees apply. As with all projects submitted for plan check, regular plan check fees are paid at the time of submittal.

What happens next?

After plan check fees are paid, the City will review your plans. If plans are approved, building permit and development fees are paid and permits are issued. If plans are incomplete or need significant corrections, it will be necessary to revise and resubmit the plans another day.

Once plan check corrections have been made, plans may again be submitted for Express review. To do so, plans must be submitted during Express times (Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m.).

How do I find out more about this service?

For more information on Express Same-Day Plan Check, please telephone the Building Division at (650) 991-8061.