Building Division

Community Development Department
The Building Division is open for business. Phone calls are answered Monday-Friday from 8 am - noon. At all other times, you may leave a message and staff will return your call. We endeavor to return calls within one business day.

You may also send an email to Building Division staff at buildingpermits@burlingame.org. We endeavor to respond to emails within one business day.

Visiting the Building Division: City Hall remains closed to the public in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, so it is not currently possible to visit the building counter. However, staff is available to respond to inquiries by phone or video meeting. For inquiries, please email buildingpermits@burlingame.org or phone 650-558-7260.

New Plan Submittals:  The Building Division is accepting new permit submittals for projects that have already received Planning Commission approval, or for projects that do not require Planning Commission approval. Submittals are BY APPOINTMENT. Please email your project information to buildingpermits@burlingame.org to schedule an appointment.

Plan Re-Submittal / Revisions and Questions: The Building Division will continue to receive re-submittal of responses to plan check comments and revisions to active permits. E-mail buildingpermits@burlingame.org for further instructions on your submittal.

Building Permit IssuanceIf you have been notified that your permit is approved and ready to be issued, and all conditions of approval have been completed, please e-mail buildingpermits@burlingame.org to schedule an appointment to pick up your permit and approved plans.

InspectionsBuilding inspections are subject to availability of limited staffing levels.  Inspections may be requested by sending an email to the Building Division at buildinginspections@burlingame.org

Inspectors will ensure that jobsite safety procedures are in place.  Social distancing measures will be implemented where warranted.  Video apps and photos may be allowed in certain situations. 

Construction Fire Permits and Fire InspectionsFor information on construction fire permits and/or scheduling fire inspections for approved construction projects, please visit Central County Fire Department’s website,  http://www.ccfdonline.org/community/covid-19-update/.  You may also contact CCFD’s Fire Administration at 650-558-7600.

Permit Expirations: At this time the Building Division is not expiring any permits.

COVID-19 Provisions: Construction projects in the City of Burlingame may proceed if they are following the Construction Safety Protocols as listed by the San Mateo County Health Department.  Construction projects must comply with the following:

  • Building permit holder must review safety protocols with all workers and visitors to the jobsite.
  • Practice social distancing measures: minimum 6 ft distance between workers at all times.
  • Where construction work occurs within an occupied residence, separate work areas must be sealed off with physical barriers.
  • Prohibit gatherings of any size on the jobsite, including breaks for eating.
  • Provide water in single serve containers.  Sharing of food and beverages is prohibited.
  • Provide personal protective equipment, specifically face coverings.
  • Stagger trades as necessary to reduce density.
  • Provide hand washing stations or hand sanitizers at the entrance to the jobsite.
  • Post a safety protocol notice in a visible location on the jobsite.

If these measures and protocols are not in place at all times, the construction project will be served with a Stop Work Notice and the jobsite will be shut down.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these unprecedented times.

The Building Division of the Community Development Department is responsible for plan checking construction documents, permit issuance, and field inspections of all buildings and structures built within the City. Once plans are approved and building begins, the Division inspects the work in progress assuring that minimum code compliance is achieved. The Division enforces the minimum requirements of California Building Codes, state and federal laws and local ordinances to ensure the safety of all structures. The Division also serves as a central clearinghouse, distributing plans to other departments to assure that a project complies with all the City’s requirements.

The information on this website should serve as a general guide.  Please contact the Building Division at 650-558-7260 to confirm and clarify information provided here and to receive updates.

Rick Caro

Chief Building Official

Phone 650-558-7260