Building Division

The Building Division serves as a resource for homeowners, businesses, designers and contractors. The goal of our staff is to help our customers build safe, healthy and sustainable buildings that comply with applicable codes and regulations. We see ourselves as an integral part of each project team and are committed to establishing positive working relationships with our partners, while focusing on problem solving and delivering exceptional customer service. 

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City Of Palo Alto Public Protection Classification

ISO collects information from communities in the United States on their adoption and enforcement of
building codes. ISO analyzes the data using its Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS™) and then assigns a BCEGS™ Classification number to the community. The classification number-which ranges from 1 to 10, measures a jurisdiction's commitment to the adoption and enforcement of building codes affecting the construction of new buildings. Class 1 indicates the most favorable classification of commitment to the adoption and enforcement of building codes. The Building Division is currently classified as a 1 and the Fire Department is classified as a 2.


Accessibility Plan Review Comments

The City of Palo Alto offers the services of our California Access Compliance Specialist Inspectors to walk commercial projects prior to construction--often during the plan check process. This allows the design team additional time to address site conditions, preventing delays at the end of the construction phase, when the owner is eager to move into their new space. Our goal is to help you reduce delays as a consequence of inspection corrections, prevent reinspections, reduce job cost overruns, and ameliorate accessibility lawsuits. [ Resources for Accessibility Information ]


2019 California Building Standards Code

The City of Palo Alto has adopted the 2019 California Code of Regulations, Title 24 with certain amendments. These codes, and amendments, are effective on January 1st 2020. All projects submitted after January 1, 2020 must comply with the 2019 California Building Codes and the City of Palo Alto amendments. View the Palo Alto Municipal Code

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