Permit Center

Attention! In an effort to limit potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Town Hall public counters will be closed until further notice.

The Shelter-in-Place order has been modified and extended through May 31st. The current Marin Public Health Order goes into effect on Monday May 4th, with allowances for modified construction activities.

Starting Monday, May 4th , construction work halted due to the Marin Public Health Order dated March 31, 2020, may resume when the required safety protocols are in place. Issued and permitted construction projects may commence under the strict protocols of the current Marin Public Health Order.

No new permits will be issued until after May 15th.

Click here to view the Marin County Public Health Order 4/29/2020

Marin County Shelter-in-Place Orders Extension Press Release


Required Job Safety Protocols can be found here. Please read these documents carefully. These are not recommendations. These are requirements for the job site. Violation of or failure to comply is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

Small Construction Project Safety Protocol  Protocolo de seguridad del proyectos pequeños

Large Construction Project Safety Protocol    Protocolo de seguridad del proyectos grandes

Social Distancing Sign (This is required to be posted at all entrances of job sites, at a minimum size of 11" x 17")


Inspections Information

CLICK HERE FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM. THIS MUST BE COMPLETED AND POSTED PRIOR TO ALL INSPECTIONS!

Starting Thursday, May 7th, all inspections will be scheduled through eTrakit. Please read the health order and safety protocol appendixes before scheduling inspections or resuming your work. Per the current health order, all projects are required to designate a site supervisor responsible for implementing safety protocols. The designated site supervisor must be present at the time of inspection. 

Failure to implement any required safety protocols will result in a stop-work notice, with the understanding that construction activity will not resume without the permission of the Building Official. These are not recommendations. These are requirements for the job site. Violation of or failure to comply is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.


For now, Town Hall will remain closed to the public. The Building Department will continue to accept permits; however, review times may be longer than average. For questions not addressed here, please contact permits@townofsananselmo.org.

  

Counter Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - Noon. 

Meetings with Town staff can be made in afternoons and on Fridays by appointment only.

Building Department

Please read the information below carefully, failure to provide required forms or payments may result in delays to your permit reviewing process.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT:

  • Effective April 1, 2017, we only accept online permit applications and digital plan submissions (PDFs).
  • You will need an eTrakit account to apply for a permit. 
    • Home Owners can set up their own accounts. 
    • Contractors need to have their accounts set up by staff. Email permits@townofsananselmo.org with the following information:
      • Business Name.
      • Business Email.
      • CSLB Number. YOU MUST BE A LICENSED CALIFORNIA CONTRACTOR TO DO WORK IN SAN ANSELMO.
  • Please see the "How To" page for tutorial videos. 

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION:

  • Effective December 4, 2017, we only accept online inspection requests. 
  • Please see the "How To" page for tutorial videos.

What you need to know about applying for a permit:

Public Works Department

Please read the information below carefully, failure to provide required documentation may result in delays to your permit reviewing process.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT  

  • Effective April 1, 2017, we only accept online permit applications (encroachments, trees, fences, grading, etc.) and digital plan submissions.
  • You will need an eTrakit account to apply for a permit. 
    • Home Owners can set up their own accounts. 
    • Contractors need to have their accounts set up by staff. Email permits@townofsananselmo.org with the following information:
      • Business Name.
      • Business Email.
      • CSLB Number. YOU MUST BE A LICENSED CALIFORNIA CONTRACTOR TO DO WORK IN SAN ANSELMO.
  • All required forms and plans must be attached during the online application process.
  • Visit the Public Works Department page for additional information and forms.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION

  • Effective December 4, 2017, we will only be accepting inspection requests online.

Encroachment Permits*:

  • Any work in the public Right of Way (ROW) be it roads or sidewalks, requires a permit. That includes blocking traffic lanes, putting debris boxes on the street, etc. 
  • All encroachment permits in the Right of Way(ROW) require a Traffic Control Plan (TCP) to be attached during the online application process. 
  • A Traffic Control Plan (TCP) is a document that shows temporary signs, cones, and flaggers to safely direct traffic around your work zone.  ’Traffic’ includes vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and mobility devices such as wheelchairs. 
  • *If there is a street cut - road bond refunds require before and after inspections as well as compaction test results for most pavement restoration jobs. Failure to request an inspection or to provide compaction test results may lead to delays in the refund process of the road bond.
  • Restoration Requirements for Street Cuts

Motion Picture/Photography Permits:

Tree Work Permits:

  • All current tree work notices can be found in this section.
  • Planting a tree in, upon, or along any public street, sidewalk, or walkway.
  • Cutting a heritage or a street tree down or trimming more than 25%. 
  • All tree work permits require a licensed arborist report supplemented with photos of the tree.
  • Tree Application Supplemental Questionnaire (required with all tree work permits)

Fence Permits:

  • All fence permits require a site plan and a side-view diagram of the fence.  
  • Refer to this diagram to comply with line of sight fence height requirements near driveways. 

Other Forms and Information:

Administration & Finance Department

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE FORMS AND APPLICATIONS


 Police Department

  • Central Marin Police Authority forms (including Business Emergency/Residential Alarm Application, Commercial Solicitation Permit Applications, Hardship Parking Permit Application, Merchant Parking Permit Application and Vacation/Security Check Request Form)
  • Parking Permits