Permits

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The Hayward Fire Code prohibits the storage of flammable or combustible liquid in aboveground tanks - 60 gallons in capacity or larger, unless approved by the Fire Marshal.
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Administrative Use Permits (AUPs) are required for the use of land or land development when required by the Zoning Ordinance, typically for projects that have potential for impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. An AUP is issued by the Planning Director, and may be appealed to the Planning Commission.
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If practical difficulties prohibit the use of materials and methods prescribed in the Hayward Fire Code, the Fire Marshal may approve the use of alternate means of protection in the design, use or operation of a structure or equipment.​
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Background on Building Permits: 

Building permits are required for most construction related work.  To review a list of projects that do not require permits, you can review a list of items here: Do I Need A Permit?

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The Hazardous Materials Office administers the CalARP Program in Hayward.​
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A Certificate of Merger is used to merge two adjacent legal lots into one legal lot. It is often required when construction is proposed which crosses over multiple properties.
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The City of Hayward Police Department has adopted the practice of referring private person Concealed Weapon License applicants to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in accordance with Penal Code Section 12050(g).

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Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) are required for the use of land or land development when required by the Zoning Ordinance, typically for projects that have potential for impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. A CUP is issued by the Planning Commission after a public hearing, and may be appealed to the City Council.
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Most development activities in the city of Hayward require the completion of a development permit in addition to the specific permits necessary for your project.
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If a project or activity is going to be performed within the public right-of-way, an Encroachment Permit is required.
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A Fire Department permit is required to conduct blasting.
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A Film Permit Application is required to film in the City of Hayward
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A Fire Department plan checker reviews and approves fire alarm system plans on behalf of the Fire Marshal.​
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Fire permits are issued by the Fire Prevention / Hazardous Materials Division.
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To assure that plans are reviewed for Fire Code requirements, a Fire Department permit is required for all new building.
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The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for coordinating and conducting fire and life safety inspection services for the City of Hayward.
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Distributing free food to those in need? Apply for a food sharing permit with the City to protect public health and safety.
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A Food Vendor Permit (FVP) is required for any mobile unit which is used for vending food.
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A General Plan Amendment (GPA) is required if a project is proposed which is not consistent with the established General Plan Designation for a property. An application may be submitted to change the General Plan Designation of the property to a different designation in order to build the proposed project.
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Before grading work begins, City staff must review the grading and clearing plans. The City Engineer usually approves the issuance of a grading permit, but in some circumstances City Council authorization is required.​
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