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Online Permits Jan. 5, 2010 - The online permit applications application has been indefinitely suspended, due to budget limitations. We will post any updates here as they develop. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Currently, due to State of California regulations, ONLY licensed contractors can obtain simple RESIDENTIAL building permits online after completing a registration process with the City of Petaluma. No commercial building permits will be issued online.

  • Residential Re-roofs
  • Residential Gas Meter Installation/Replacement
  • Residential Water Heater Installation/Replacement
  • Residential Furnace Installation/Replacement
  • Residential Electrical Services Installation/Replacement
  • Residential Temporary Power Installation/Replacement
  • Residential Repairs ***

*** The Residential Repair category is intended for such items as siding replacement (except in a registered City of Petaluma Historic District), or the category may be used to combine other minor permits into one permit. Minor permits that can be combined on one permit include the following: Water Heaters, Temporary Power, Electrical Services and Gas Meters.

Accela Citizen Access, like many online systems, is not perfect. We are working constantly with the vendor to improve the system. We have noticed that, while using the system, it is EXTREMELY helpful to navigate among fields using the TAB key (instead of clicking fields). And if your application doesn't have the SUBMIT button, please retry.

Please Note:

  • Any work done in the public right away also requires an encroachment permit, please contact the Public Works Department at (707) 778-4303.
  • Fence permits cannot be pulled online as they require planning approval.
  • We no longer issue A/C permits online. They now require a site plan approval from the planning department before issuance.


Please call Planning Services at 707.778.4301 for further information.



Contact Information

11 English St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4301
fax: 707.778.4498

phone: 707.778.4301

Hours: 8am - 4pm
Monday through Thursday Closed every Friday

phone: 707.778.4470

Hours: 8am - 5pm
Mondays through Thursdays, Closed Fridays

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