A building permit is required to construct any new structure or improve existing buildings and other structures. The more common building permit applications are for new construction or remodels to residential housing and accessory structures.
Use the Building Submittal Checklist to assist in providing required information and documents to submit a complete building permit application and plan package for a project involving the construction of a new structure, and addition or alteration to an existing building or structure. If you need further guidance, Building staff is available to assist. Please have this checklist signed and dated along with your submittal materials (application, plans, supporting documents, cash/check).
This handout is designed for the average submittal. Each project is individual, additional submittal requirements and or information might be necessary based on the complete scope of the project.
- Application for Building Permit (PDF)
- Building Alteration Calculation Form (PDF)
- Building Permit 2011 Revision Application (PDF)
- Owner Builder Declaration Form (PDF)
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Certification Form (PDF)
The Conditional Use Permit is an administrative method of providing relief from the strict terms of a comprehensive zoning ordinance. In order to give the use regulations the flexibility necessary to achieve the objectives of this title, and to account for the widely varying needs of some uses, in each district certain conditional uses are permitted subject to the granting of a use permit. The State Zoning Law does not establish criteria for issuing or denying a conditional use permit; it is up to local ordinance. In each zoning district, certain land uses are permitted as a matter of right while others are permitted subject to the granting of a use permit. A Conditional Use Permit is granted or denied by the Planning Commission following a public hearing.
The Town of Woodside requires Conditional Use Permits for service stations, livestock, churches, hay/feed sales, public buildings, parks, schools and other uses. Because of their unusual characteristics, Conditional Uses require special consideration so that they may be located with respect to the objectives of this chapter and the General Plan and with respect to their effects on surrounding properties.
The demolition handout is designed for the average submittal. Each project is individual, additional submittal requirements and or information might be necessary based on the actual scope of the project.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Priority Building Materials Screening Assessment Process
Below is a flow chart and form to manage PCBs in building materials during demolition, per Provision C12.f of the Regional Municipal Stormwater Permit. Since most of the structures in Town are wood framed and/or single-family residential, these requirements won't apply; however, the forms will still need to be completed and submitted along with the Building Permit application. The flow chart clearly indicates whether the permit is required or not.
Any work performed in the public right of way (including public infrastructure within a Public Easement) requires an encroachment permit. For example: installation or repair of sidewalk, curb and/or gutter, or driveway approach; installation of sidewalk underdrain; installation of sewer lateral or cleanout; and placement of monitoring wells or soil borings. Utility companies must also obtain encroachment permits when working within the public right of way or deploying traffic controls.
The property owner or the contractor performing the work must submit an Encroachment Permit/Application to the Public Works Department.
For special public events, please submit an Encroachment Permit to Conduct Public Event.
Structures within 50 feet (30 feet in the R-1 Zone) of the front property line, such as vehicular gates, pedestrian gates, pylons, lighting, wingwalls, mechanical equipment, entry key pads, and call boxes are considered entry features.
All entry features are subject to Conceptual Design Review with the Architectural and Site Review Board (ASRB).
Fences, walls, gates, pylons, and berms require a permit.
Automatic gates are reviewed by the Woodside Fire Protection District in addition to the Town of Woodside Building and Planning Departments. Please call the Fire Marshal at 650-851-1594, or email the Fire Marshal for more gate requirements.
A permit is to be obtained prior to filming a motion picture or television film production in the Town of Woodside.
Septic system repairs, upgrades, new septic systems and percolation tests requires review by the Planning and Engineering Departments. If there are modifications made between the structure and the tank, then a building permit will also be required. Please refer to the handout for additional information.
Review is also required by the San Mateo County Office of Environmental Health for all septic system repairs, upgrades, new septic systems and percolation tests. Fees for the County's review shall be paid directly to them. Three sets of plans shall also be submitted directly to the County with the appropriate fees.
Re-roof permits can be applied for by emailing Project Managers. Please complete the submittal checklist and application and email it along with the independent listing report indicating Class A Assembly for all materials being installed. This checklist is designed for the average submittal. Each project is individual, additional submittal requirements and or information may be required based on the scope of work for the project.
The Town requires minimum Class A roof per WMC 150.01(f). Please see the submittal checklist for the specific re-roofing requirements.
Re-roofs are required to meet the Town's recycling program.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are required to be installed prior to final.
A Stable Permit Application is required for commercial and private use.
A Transportation Permit Application can be submitted by emailing Project Managers, along with a copy of the automobile insurance policy declaration page.
A permit fee of $16 is required for each day of transportation. If multiple daily trips are planned, the Town recommends applicants indicate this on the application and pay the annual fee of $90. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 620005, Woodside, CA 94062 or delivered in person to the permit counter.
The permit fee is $50, except for Eucalyptus, Acacia, or Monterey Pine, for which the permit fee is waived.
All tree species require a Tree Destruction Permit. Download Section 153.005 of the Woodside Zoning Ordinance (PDF) to see the size at which the specific species need a permit.
A variance is an approval by the Town to develop or use a property in a way that does not meet the letter of current zoning requirements.
A variance cannot authorize a use or activity that is prohibited by zoning ordinances; it may only grant a variation, a degree of departure, from the strict interpretation of the standards, such as setbacks, height, construction on slopes, etc.
This application is for minor construction permits (e.g., sheds, paving, lighting, etc.).