Applying for a Building Permit

The City of Half Moon Bay is OPEN for business! 

RECENT UPDATE (May 19, 2020): 

While City facilities are currently closed until May 31, 2020 in response to the San Mateo County Health Officer’s updated COVID-19 Shelter Order, helpful info on County Health Ordinance site, County Health FAQs. Community Development Department employees are working from home and in the field. We are readily available via email to continue accepting and processing applications for Building and Planning Permits and to answer questions, see below.

We wish you all healthy regards and look forward to seeing you at City Hall soon!

Building Permits: Ben Corrales is accepting building permit applications online ONLY via email at

Building Inspection: City Building Inspection will continue to check the inspection hotline voicemail and conduct inspections on projects where social distancing requirements can be met. Please call the inspection hotline to request an inspection at 650-726-8794.

Planning Permits: Doug Garrison (, Scott Phillips (, and Brittney Cozzolino ( are continuing to process planning applications.

Useful Guide regarding Shelter in Place for Half Moon Bay

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To apply for a permit for any structural changes, any additional square footage to an existing structure, or any items specified above, you need to:

Plan Checks

Plan Checks are performed to ensure projects are designed in compliance with applicable codes and standards. Your plans may need to be reviewed by Planning, Fire, Coastside County Water District, Police, and Building

Review and complete the Submittal Checklist (PDF) prior to stopping by City Hall. Please allow at least 10 business days to process. You will be notified of the status when ready. 

Building Permits

Building permits are required to build, enlarge, alter, remove, demolish, or repair a structure in the City of Half Moon Bay.  This includes everything from houses and garages to commercial construction, tenant improvements to signs.

Electrical Permits

Electrical permits are required for the installation of new electrical service equipment, existing service relocation, service upgrades as well as fixed appliances and equipment connections.

Solar Permits (PV Systems)

Solar Permits are required for the installation of solar panels / Photovoltaic Systems. View the Solar Photovoltaic System Guidelines (PDF).

Mechanical Permits

Mechanical permits are required for the installation and repair of heating, ventilating, cooling and refrigeration systems.

Plumbing Permits

Plumbing permits are required for the installation, removal, alteration, or replacement of any plumbing, gas or drainage piping work or any fixture or water heating equipment in a building or premises.

  1. Ben Corrales

    Permit Technician
    Phone: 650-712-6660

  2. Building Inspection Hotline

    Physical Address
    501 Main Street
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

    Phone: 650-726-8794