Building Safety Division


AND RE-OPENS ON JULY 2, 2024, AT 8:00 AM

All permit applications submitted before 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 27, 2024, must be complete.

The generated Acceptance Letter will indicate your project is deemed complete. If you have not received an Acceptance Letter, your application is considered incomplete, and a new application will be required under the new 7/1/24 fee schedule.

The Building Safety Division is responsible for a wide range of functions related to community change, enhancement and preservation. The Building Safety Division reviews all development applications to ensure consistency with community standards and protection of public safety and health; and ensures that projects are designed and constructed to meet community needs and are in conformance with all applicable codes.
The Building Safety Division strives to provide vision and leadership within the context of innovative, high quality, equitable and efficient services which encompass and reflect community values. 



Submittal                             2-4 Working Days
Typical Plan Review           Up to 10 Working Days
Larger Plan Review            10-20 Working Days
Plan Review Letter(s)         Up to 3 Working Days After Plan Review
Phone Calls/Email              Up to 4 Working Days
Payment and Issuance       1-4 Working Days After Approval



About Inspections
Building Inspection requests must be submitted by 3:00 PM the business day prior to an inspection. Morning or afternoon requests can be made but are not guaranteed. Inspection 2-hour windows will be provided after 5 pm the working day prior, please call 707-746-4235 for a list of recorded times.
Inspection Requests
Schedule through the permit record in the Permit Center or email
Please provide the permit number, inspection type and the site contact person's name and phone number.
9/80 Closures
The City of Benicia City Hall offices are closed every other Friday. During these closure days there will be no building inspections. Inspections requested on a 9/80 closure day will be scheduled for the following Tuesday. Click here to view the 2024 office closure days. 


Please apply for a permit application in Benicia's online permit portal at Please note:
  • Submittals for a large project (e.g. a commercial tenant improvement or new residence) require an application along with all supporting documentation (such as Structural Calculations, Title 24 Energy, soils reports) and a completed submittal checklist. Plan review for such projects is 10-20 working days.
  • Initial plan review fees cover the 1st plan review and 1st recheck. 3rd and subsequent reviews, and deferred submittals are charged according to the Master Fee Schedule .
  • The Building Safety Division accepts submittals through our online permit center. Email submittals are not accepted.
  • Having an issue and need guidance? Make an appointment, send an email to or call (707) 746-4230 for assistance.



Hiring a Contractor?

Check a Contractor License or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) Registration

Look up a contractor license or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) registration to verify information, including complaint disclosure. Before hiring a contractor or signing a contract, CSLB recommends reading the Hiring a Contractor page.



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