Building Division

COVID-19 response:

Per Alameda County Health Order No. 20-10 issued 4-29-20;

http://www.acphd.org/media/572718/health-officer-order-20-10-shelter-in-place-20200429.pdf

All construction projects that follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included with the health order in Appendix B will be allowed to continue beginning 5-4-20. Please read the County Health Order Appendix B carefully for specific guidelines required in order to operate construction sites safely. For further questions or concerns please contact Omar Noorzad at omar.noorzad@hayward-ca.gov or 510.583.4313.

The City Permit Center will remain closed until further notice, plan review applications and permit issuance will be via a drop box system, for assistance please contact Permit Tech at 510-583-4005 or email at Building.Permits@hayward-ca.gov

Most other staff are working from home, so to reach other divisions, call the numbers below, or e-mail your staff contact directly.

For Building Division, 510-583-4140

For Fire Department, 510-583-4900

For Planning Division, 510-583-4216 or email: planning.division@hayward-ca.gov

For Code Enforcement Division, please contact your code inspector directly or the telephone number shown on the letter you received.

For more information and updates on COVID-19, please visit: www.hayward-ca.gov/covid-19


The Building Division serves Hayward's residents and business community by ensuring that all buildings in the City are safe. We do this by reviewing preliminary drawings for code compliance and verifying quality of work during construction.

Construction Hours:

Monday - Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sundays & Holidays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
* Please note: These are construction hours and not office hours
Chapter 4 of the Municipal Code; Section 4-1.04 titled ‘Construction and Alteration of Structures; Landscaping Activities’. Any concerns of construction hours should be directed to the Hayward Police Department for enforcement of noise control. For further information consult Hayward Municipal Code - Chapter 4.

Mission:

  • Maintain the highest level of public safety and customer service in the administration of building construction code enforcement
  • Provide City of Hayward residents with a safe environment to live, work, learn
  • Enforce building codes to protect people from the hazards of unsafe construction.     

How May We Serve You?

Building permits are required for almost all construction related work. This includes plumbing, mechanical, electrical, structural work and even demolition.  

Adopted Codes Enforced in Hayward:

All of the California codes are now published for free online at: www.bsc.ca.gov/codes.aspx For instructions on how to use the California Energy Code, you can find information here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2019standards/

The following codes are mandatory throughout California and are adopted and enforced in Hayward:

  • 2019 California Building Code (Volumes 1 and 2)
  • 2019 California Residential Code
  • 2019 California Electrical Code
  • 2019 California Plumbing Code
  • 2019 California Mechanical Code
  • 2019 California Energy Code
  • 2019 California Green Building Standards Code “CalGreen” (no CalGreen tiers are adopted locally)

Local Codes and Ordinances:

Hayward no longer has a Green Building Ordinance. This is now covered by the new Energy Code and CalGreen, which are mandatory statewide. Hayward has some minor amendments to the Mechanical Code and the Electrical Code that are unique to our jurisdiction. 

Plastic Pipe is Now Allowed in Hayward (ABS, PVC, PEX and similar materials are approved for use). If you need more detailed information (recommended only for professional non-residential contractors, architects and engineers) you can view the specifics of the local Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical ordinances in the City of Hayward Municipal Code.

For general permitting information including handouts and forms please click on Permit Center:

Permit Center