Permits

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An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is an independent dwelling unit with permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation located on the same property as a single family home.

Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) are semi-independent dwelling units with partial provisions for sleeping and food preparation areas with an optional separate bathroom.

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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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A Fire Department permit is required for any installation of an automatic entry gate.​
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Commercial and multi-family residential solar projects
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Before preparing a submittal package for an addition to a single-family home, it is necessary to discuss the project with a City of Hayward planner to ensure the proposed project will meet setback, lot coverage, building height, and other Zoning Ordinance requirements.

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A building permit is required when more than 200 square feet of roof covering is installed, repaired or replaced. Residential Reroof Permits are same day permits.

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A sign permit is required in order to install most types of signs, including temporary banners. Sign permits ensure that proposed signs are compliant with the City's standards for signage.
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Before building an accessory structure, it is necessary to review the proposed project with a City of Hayward planner.

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Tenant improvements cover a wide range of non-residential projects, for example a small café remodel to a 50,000-square-foot factory build-out. While the scale, scope and complexity of tenant improvements vary, fundamental elements of the permitting process are essentially the same.  Highlighted for convenience are five steps methodically designed to keep a project moving forward, and depending on complexity more than one step can occur concurrently.  

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Trash enclosures are required when commercial and multi-family properties plan to store trash, recyclables, and organics outside.

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A permit is required to install, replace or relocate a water heater. A permit must be obtained before beginning the work. Work performed without proper permits is subject to additional fees. Water Heater Permits are same day residential permits.

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Replacing or adding new windows, sliding glass doors or skylights requires a building permit. Broken window glass can be repaired in any of these without a permit if the existing sash and frame stay in place. Window/Door Retro/Replace Permits are same day Residental Permits.

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