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Codes & Regulations

Burlingame Municipal Code

The Burlingame Municipal Code is current through Ordinance 1931 and the November 2016 code supplement. For more recent amendments to this Code related to Building, contact the City’s Building Department at (650) 558-7260.

Burlingame Municipal Code

Title 18 of the Code: Building Construction 

Title 25 of the Code: Zoning

Title 25.78 of the Code: Fences and Hedges

Building Ordinances Local Amendments to 2013 CA Building Code


Ordinance 1889: Local amendments to 2013 CA Building Code
Ordinance 1704: Construction and demolition recycling requirements

Construction Hours in Burlingame
No person shall erect (including excavation and grading), demolish, alter or repair any building or structure other than between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, except in the case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety, and then only with written approval from the building official, which approval shall be granted for a period not to exceed three (3) days for projects including structures with a gross floor area of less than 40,000 square feet; and when reasonable to accomplish the erection, demolition, alteration or repair, not to exceed twenty (20) days for projects including structures with a gross floor area of 40,000 square feet or greater. No person shall erect (including excavation and grading), demolish, alter or repair any building or structure on Sundays or on holidays. For the purpose of this section, holidays are the days set forth in Section 13.04.100 of the Burlingame Municipal Code and are defined as:

  • January 1
  • The third Monday in January
  • The third Monday in February
  • The last Monday in May
  • July 4
  • The first Monday in September
  • The second Monday in October
  • November 11
  • The fourth Thursday in November
  • December 25

Whenever a holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following is a holiday. Whenever a holiday falls on a Saturday, the Friday preceding is a holiday.

The restrictions stated in this section shall not apply to work that does not require a permit under any applicable law or regulation.

Sandblasting or similar external building cleaning shall be limited to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and prohibited on holidays.

Green Building
On January 1, 2014 the 2013 California Green Building Standards became effective. Mandatory Measures checklists must be submitted with a building permit application. Click here to learn more.