Obtaining Permits

Permit Service Center

The Permit Service Center is your place for information on permits. For more information or to learn more about obtaining a permit, view the information below and in the sub-menu to the left.

Applying for a permit can be made easier by understanding the overall permit application process and what your role and responsibilities are in this process. This should allow your project to move smoothly through the process, saving time for both you and the City of Richmond.

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

Building permits are required before you construct, erect, enlarge, alter, move, repair, improve, convert, or demolish any building or structure. The code provided exemptions to this are listed on the Work Exempt from Permits handout.

Who May Obtain a Building Permit?

Permits may only be issued to property owners, licensed contractors, long term lessees, or their certified agents. Licensed contractors must provide a Contractor's State License Card, a Worker's Compensation Insurance Certificate, and a current City of Richmond Business License at time of application.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Building Permit?

This depends on the scope of the work. Some permits are issued over the counter. Other projects require review and approvals from different agencies (Planning, Fire, Health Departments, etc.) before the Building Department can proceed with the plan review. Permits issued over the counter include:
o Minor in-kind repairs due to damage caused by termites or deterioration.
o Minor interior alterations with no structural work.
o Plumbing, mechanical, or electrical repairs or change-outs.
o Re-roofing requires photo of existing roof for Planning Department approval.

Where Do I Go to Obtain a Building Permit?

All permit applications can be made electronically via the eTRAKiT portal.
o Instructions on how to submit a permit application click here.

Please visit https://etrakit.ci.richmond.ca.us/ for more information and to set-up your account.

If you are unable to submit applications electronically you may submit in person at:
Community Development Department
Building Division
450 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor
Richmond, CA 94804

Building Permit Counter Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


To make a complaint about work being done without a permit, please phone the Building Division and state that you wish to make a complaint. This call can be made without giving your name or phone number if you wish to remain anonymous.