General Permit Information


Permits are issued Monday through Friday between 8 and 11:30 a.m. only. Continue reading to learn more about building permits.


Staff consists of a Building Official, a Senior Building Inspector / Plan Checker, a Field Building Inspector, a Permit Technician and a Support Specialist. The staff is responsible for plan checking, issuing both building and encroachment permits, and enforcing the building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and all other relevant codes adopted by the town. Access the division organizational chart (PDF) to learn more.


Inspections are required for all permitted work in the Town of Hillsborough. The purpose of inspections are to ensure that the work meets the construction and installation requirements of applicable codes. These inspections are required for all permitted work. Inspection requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Inspection requests can be made by calling 650-375-7411.

Cancellation or Re-Inspection Fees

For any reason other than weather, an inspection that is canceled on the day that it is scheduled a cancellation fee will be charged. If the inspector is not able to enter the site to conduct a scheduled inspection or the approved stamped set of plans and permit card is not available the cancellation fee will be charged. A re-inspection fee will be charged if the work requested to be inspected is not ready for inspection.


All subcontractors working on the job site must be listed on the Subcontractor Sheet (PDF) before calling for an inspection

Plans On Site

The stamped, approved plans must remain on the job site at all times. All documents attached to the plans must remained attached.

Construction Signs

Construction signs are limited to 12 by 15 inches (maximum size) with black lettering on a white background.