COVID 19 Update - July 2021

Planning & Building staff members are looking forward to reopening City Hall on Monday, July 12, and offering excellent service to the community, both in person and electronically! In accordance with the Alameda County Health Officer’s order for all residents to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Piedmont has made a series of determinations related to City operations that is consistent with the County’s Order.

Several of the service enhancements that we started during the pandemic will continue as we begin to serve you in person, including:

* Electronic permit submittals and issuance – in addition to submitting applications and plans in person at City Hall, you have the option to file your building permit applications and design review permit applications via email. Current application forms and submittal requirements are available at

* Planning applications can be filed via email to Wireless Communication Facilities permit applications must be filed in person at City Hall.

* Building permit applications can be filed via email to

* Credit card payments with a 2.9% convenience fee – many applicants choose to pay application fees by check, which may be dropped off at City Hall, at the counter or through the mail slot on the front door. Please write the project address on the envelope containing the check. However, applicants also have the option to pay fees with a credit card by contacting Administrative Assistant Mark Enea at to receive an invoice via email for payment by credit card for application fees. Please make your payment within 24 hours of electronically filing your application.

* Appointments – Piedmonters found virtual meetings to be a convenient way to ask questions of - and meet with - City staff. Applicants and community members can save time and avoid a crowded counter by scheduling an appointment with staff. Appointments have the advantage of connecting you with the subject matter expert for your particular question, certainty of when you will get the information you need, no waiting in lines, and convenience of meeting virtually from anywhere in the world. Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. For general questions, email or call (510) 420-3050 to schedule your planning and design review appointment. If you are already working with a specific staff member on a project, you can contact them directly for an appointment.

Building Permits & Plan Review Services           

Building Fee Payments              

 General Questions

 Permit inspections/ Code Enforcement/ Permits/ and Plan Check Call 510-420-3062 or e-mail 

 Building Fee Payments                 

 For current information about payment options please call the Building & Planning Department (510) 420-3050.

 Permit Issuance

The Building Department will contact applicants when the permit is ready to be issued. At that time, arrangements will be made to issue the permit in accordance with our current procedures. As we are working remotely and City Hall is closed to the public, our processes have changed and are being updated continuously.

 Permit Expiration

 All building permits that expired during the March 31st, 2020 shelter in place order will automatically be extended 180 days from the date the shelter in place restrictions have been lifted. The new expiration date is October 31st, 2020. If you have experienced delays in making progress on your project due to the COVID-19 shelter in place orders and may need an extension of your permit expiration date, contact the Building Official at (510) 420-3060 or e-mail  Accommodations for these extraordinary times may be made on a case by case basis. 

Planning Application Services  

General Questions    

 E-mail or call (510) 420-3050

Planning Questions/Applications    

   If you have been working with a planner, continue corresponding with that planner, if you need general information please e-mail or call (510) 420-3050.

Accessory Dwelling Units  

 For questions visit the City of Piedmont’s website Accessory Dwelling Units or e-mail to schedule an appointment via e-mail. Include your plan sets and necessary information. Staff will instruct you on how to proceed after receiving your appointment request.

Design Review Approval

 Contact or call (510) 420-3094

Planning & Building


   Planning and Building forms can be found on the city website.  

Waste Pick-Up  

   Information on solid waste collection services during COVID-19 restrictions