Building Department

The Building Department reviews architectural and structural plans for compliance with applicable building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and energy codes, conducts building inspections to ensure compliance with approved plans and applicable codes, and provides general customer service to the public.

COVID-19 Updates

  • An outdoor Building Counter at Town Hall is OPEN 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. Building permit applications can be submitted and issued during these hours. No appointment is necessary.
  • Construction projects in the Town are allowed as permitted under the most recent orders from the Santa Clara County Health Officer and the State of California.
  • Construction projects are REQUIRED to comply with the County of Santa Clara’s Mandatory Directive for Construction Projects. This Mandatory Directive was most recently revised on December 16, 2020. Additional information can be found on the County's Public Health website. Failure to comply with the County's Directive will result in the cancellation of any inspections, issuance of a Stop Work Notice and/or a citation.
  • For building questions, permit application queries, or to schedule a building inspection, please call (650) 947-2501 or email to building@losaltoshills.ca.gov. if you want to submit for minor building permits such as Kitchen remodels, Bathroom remodels, Water heater, Reroofs, Roof mounted-Photovoltaic, furnaces, HVAC, Seismic retrofits, you can submit by emailing permits@losaltoshills.ca.gov.

Hours of Construction

8:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday, with no heavy equipment operations allowed on Saturday. For a complete list of observed holidays, please review the Hours of Construction (PDF) handout.

FY 2021-22 Fee Schedule

On August 23, 2021, the FY 21-22 Fee Schedule will go into effect. Most Building fees will be maintained at their current levels. The current and proposed fee schedule can be viewed here.

Building Inspector Consultations

To schedule an appointment to speak with the building inspector, call (650) 947-2501 or email the Building Department.

Building Permit Submittal & Issuance Hours (In-Person)

9:00 am to 11:00 am or 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.

Building Permit Submittal Only (via email)

For smaller permits such as Kitchen remodels, Bathroom remodels, Water heater, Reroofs, Roof mounted-Photovoltaic, furnaces, HVAC, Seismic retrofits, you can submit by emailing permits@losaltoshills.ca.gov. Fill out a Building Application and attach it to the email along with submittal drawings.

To Schedule Inspections

Please call 650-947-2501 to schedule. Be sure to include job address, permit number, type of inspection, requested date and whether you prefer AM or PM. It is recommended that you schedule inspections 48 hours in advance as inspection slots are not always available next day. Same day inspections are not provided.

For Extension of Construction Time Limit

In the event your project has not passed a final inspection in the allotted time period, you may be entitled to up to two (2), six (6) month extensions to complete the work. An application for an extension of the construction time limit shall be submitted at least fourteen (14) days prior to the expiration of the time limit period and shall be accompanied by a written explanation of the reasons for the requested extension, a fee and a deposit. If the Building Official, upon review of the application, grants an extension, the additional six (6) month extension period shall start from the date of the original time limit expiration or the most recent extension expiration date. Use this form and apply for the extension (PDF).

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