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Community Development - Building Division

The Building Division safeguards the health, safety and welfare of residents, workers and visitors to Cupertino by effective administration and enforcement of building codes and ordinances adopted by the City, and by providing field inspections, plan checking and public information services related to new construction.

Building Department

Electronic Plan Review is Here!
The Cupertino Building and Planning Departments are now accepting electronic submittals.
For complete details and requirements prior to submittal, please contact us:

Planning: or 408-777-3208
Building: or 408-777-3228

Permitting Hours
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
 7:30 am-4:00 pm 8:30 am-4:00 pm  7:30 am-4:00 pm 7:30 am-4:00 pm 7:30 am-3:30 pm 

Counter Hours
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
 7:30 am-4:30 pm 8:30 am-4:30 pm  7:30 am-4:30 pm 7:30 am-4:30 pm 7:30 am-4:00 pm 

Over-the-Counter Plan Check
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
10 am-12 pm 10 am-12 pm 10 am-12 pm 10 am-12 pm (none)


2013 Triennial Edition of  CCR, Title 24

The 2013 triennial edition of the California Code of Regulations, Title 24 (California Buildling Standards Code) applies to all occupancies that applied for a building permit on or after January 1, 2014, and remains in effect until the effective date of the 2016 triennial edition. The California Building Standards Commission website at has information on where the codes can be purchased and Parts 6 and 11 can be downloaded for free. Please visit for website links where other parts of the codes can be viewed online. The handout documenting the History of Cupertino Code Adoptions can be found here.

There are 12 parts to Title 24 and the applicable parts for most Building Division permit applications are listed below:

  • Part 2: The 2013 California Building Code (CBC) is based on the 2012 IBC, but includes numerous State of California amendments. 
  • Part 2.5: The 2013 California Residential Code (CRC) is based on the 2012 IRC, but includes numerous State of California amendments and does not include the electrical, energy, mechanical, or, plumbing portions of the IRC, and instead parts 3 through 6 of Title 24 as listed below apply. 
  • Part 3: The 2013 California Electrical Code (CEC) is based on the 2011 NEC with State of California amendments. 
  • Part 4: The 2013 California Mechanical Code (CMC) is based on the 2012 UMC with State of California amendments.
  • Part 5: The 2013 California Plumbing Code (CPC) is based on the 2012 UPC with State of California amendments.
  • Part 6: The 2013 California Energy Code is currently based on the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, and please visit the California Energy Commission website at where additional information can be found and Compliance manuals can be downloaded for free.
  • Part 9: The 2013 California Fire Code (CFC) is based on the 2012 IFC with State of California amendments.
  • Part 11: The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen Code) This Part is known as the California Green Building Standards Code, and it is intended that it shall also be known as the CALGreen Code. 


      Online Services
      City of Cupertino Offers Online Building Permits


      The City of Cupertino has created an online tool to better serve its citizens, residents, and business owners. Minor building permits can now be obtained online including:

      1. Reroofs
      2. Temporary Power
      3. Residential Water Heaters
      4. Residential Repiping

      Online building permits add to the existing list of services which include viewing current permits and licenses in the city, scheduling inspections, checking plan review status, renewing business licenses, and making payments for services. Visit us online at for 24/7 access to these services without leaving the comfort of your home or office. For those that prefer to visit City Hall, the new system allows for faster counter service for customers who require more personal staff support for less routine projects.

      Please click on the following links for information about the online permits available and for frequently asked questions (FAQ).

      Online Permit Information

      Online Permits - FAQ


      Earthquake Building  Damage Assessment


      Contact Us
      Building Division
      Tel: 408.777.3228
      Fax: 408.777.3333








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