Building Department

Corte Madera Town Hall will be closed Friday, December 22, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. We will return to regular office hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8am.

The Building Department reviews building permit submittals for compliance with State and local building codes including structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy efficiency. The  department also provides inspection services for all building related construction.

PLEASE NOTE - NEW CODE CYCLE IS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017: The most recent updates to the California Building Standards Code become effective on January 1, 2017.  As of this date, building plans submitted to the Town of Corte Madera must adhere to the 2016 California Building Code, 2016 California Residential Code, 2016 California Electrical Code, 2016 California Mechanical Code, 2016 California Plumbing Code, 2016 California Energy Code, 2016 California Historic Building Code, 2016 California Existing Building Code, 2016 California Green Building Standards Code, and the 2016 California Referenced Standards Code (Parts 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12 of the 2016 California Building Standards Code). Additionally, new to Corte Madera for this code cycle are the 2016 California Historic Building Code and the 2016 California Reference Standards Code. The Town will also adopt the 2006 International Code Council Electrical Code Administrative Provisions as a supplement to the 2016 California Electrical Code.  Please be aware when downloading forms and guidelines from the town's website that they have not yet been updated to reflect currently adopted code.

Over-the-Counter Review

Over-the-Counter Review Hours effective 6/20/16:
  • The Building Official is available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m to 9:00 a.m.
  • During this time the Building Official is available to answer code questions and review minor residential projects such as kitchen and bathroom remodels over-the-counter.
  • Please note that the Building Official's counter hours are subject to change depending on staffing.
  • Please contact the office to determine whether or not your project qualifies for an over-the-counter review. (An example of a residential kitchen or bathroom remodel project that does not qualify for an over-the-counter review would be if the property is located in a Flood Zone)

Inspection Information

  • Inspections must be scheduled 48 hours in advance. Please call (415) 927-5062 to schedule an inspection.
  • Inspections are conducted Monday through Thursday in the mornings from 9 a.m. to Noon and in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Inspections are not offered on Fridays, or outside of the above hours.
  • Inspections are limited to first come, first served. Please call with advance notice to make the schedule.  We are currently experiencing a high volume of inspection requests, therefore it is essential that advance notice of at least 48 hours or more is received.