Development Services

To prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the Permit Center is operating remotely until further notice.  Please visit the Permit Center page for more information and how to submit applications.

The Development Services Department manages growth and development within the City of Hayward by applying regulations and standards that make the City a desirable place to live, work, and play.

Learn more about these divisions below:

Building Division

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

Building Division


Planning Division

The Planning Division provides guidance in accordance and utilization of; State and Federal laws, City General Plan, variety of Specific Plans and City's Zoning Ordinance, towards development and growth of the City of Hayward.

* COVID-19: The Planning Division will continue to accept new planning applications and resubmittals.  For more information, please review the submittal requirements on the Planning Division  website linked below. 

 Planning Division     


Code Enforcement Division

The City's Code enforcement Division is one of the most advanced of its kind in the state. With a staff of 12 operating seven different programs, the Code Enforcement division's primary function is to maintain and enhance the quality of life for Hayward's residents through education, cooperation and compliance of Municipal and State Regulations.

 Code Enforcement Division