Building Division

Construction in Town Update - March 23, 2020:

After consultation with state and county representatives and an in-depth review of both shelter in place orders, the Town has determined that certain essential construction projects may proceed in Hillsborough.

The following table outlines what construction-related work is allowed in the Town during the shelter-in-place order:

Not Allowed
Current Residential Construction Projects
Building Inspection Services*
*only for life-safety matters and for the maintenance of essential infrastructure
Submittal of new, non-emergency Construction Permit Requests

Planning Review Services


Residential projects include single family dwelling residential and Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) projects. 

During the term of the order, no outsourced landscaping projects will be allowed in the Town of Hillsborough. This includes regular landscape maintenance services conducted by an outside company as such activity is not necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, or essential operation of a residence consistent with both the San Mateo County Health Order issued on March 16, 2020 and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 issued on March 19, 2020. 

Exceptions include activities that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, or essential operation of a residence. Vegetation removal may only be permitted if the vegetation in question is causing demonstrated damage or blocking ingress and egress of a property or street. Emergency repairs to irrigation will be permitted. 

You may want to consider continuing to pay your gardener (or other service provider) during this time. When the order is lifted your service provider will likely need to double up on cleaning, clearing and maintenance. 

Inspections may be requested by sending an email to the Building Division at or by calling (650) 375.7411. All effort will be made to respond to your inquiry within 24 hours. Please note that these rules are subject to change at any time and without prior notice as future Orders and other directives from the State and/or County are issued.


The Building Division issues building permits to homeowners and contractors to regulate construction within the town's limits. We work closely with the Planning Division to help maintain a small-town feeling while ensuring that modern-day building safety requirements are met.

Available Information

It takes everyone in a community to keep our homes, schools, and other buildings safe. The Building Division is happy to provide you with the following information to help your family learn more about building safety and the important part that building codes and permits play in your everyday life. Use this website to get the latest code information or to obtain the resources you need to learn more about the Town of Hillsborough's requirement for building.

Electronic Permit Tracking

The Building and Planning Division offers a community service public data base website called eTrakit. This website will allow the public and staff to access project, planning, permit, inspection, contractors, licenses, plan checking, and land information using the web-enabled screens and functions. This site will allow owners and applicants 24/7 access to review the status of their projects from the comfort of their home.

Online Project & Permitting Information

Permit records can be accessed online, as well as general information regarding the Building Division Office. Online Inspection Scheduling

Building Submittal Hours

Please submit your Building Permit and Planning applications no later than 3:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. This will allow our Staff sufficient time to process your application submittals accurately and completely which helps streamline your overall permit process. Remember that we are open to accept applications beginning at 8:00 a.m.