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.

We are still accepting permit application submittals via eTrakit.

During normal counter hours (M-Th, 8:30 am - 3 pm), we will be accessible by email and checking voicemail every hour.

We will continue to review permit applications and revisions; however, we will only perform essential (as required for health and safety: e.g. landslides, heating, electricity, fire damage, etc.) construction inspections as needed.

Construction

What is the impact on construction projects in San Anselmo?

So long as social distancing practices are used during construction, a variety of projects are allowed. The Town recommends only one contractor onsite at a time to minimize potential exposure to the virus.  All residential construction projects that are partly completed can continue to completion in order to ensure health and safety. The Order prohibits new construction projects unless they are adding to the supply of our county’s housing stock (i.e. building a second unit, building a new home, etc.) or maintaining the habitability of homes in order to avoid displacement of residents. Business construction projects related to maintaining or upgrading essential business, government or health care infrastructure are also allowed to go forward.


The County advises that residents must defer their remodel or renovation projects unless they are necessary to restore your home to a safe, sanitary, and habitable space.


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For all questions, please email: permits@townofsananselmo.org

If this is an emergency, please dial 911.

  

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