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News Update (COVID-19)

The City of Martinez has declared a Local Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and per Contra County Health Services order of March 31st, City Hall will be closed until at least May 3, 2020. However, the City is still processing permits and will issue emergency and essential building permits. Non-essential permits can be processed so that approved permits can be pulled as soon as possible once the shelter in place is lifted.

During this crisis, the city is only accepting permit applications by USPS mail or uploaded to the City’s Hightail account.  Application forms can be found in this link along with step-by-step instructions on how to submit Planning Permit applications during the COVID-19 quarantine.  Also included is information on allowable construction under the Contra Costa County Health Services March 31, 2020 orderPayment instruction is found in the instruction link.

If you would like to request a Zoom appointment to review plans, please email the Deputy Public Works Director, Don Salts at  If you have any questions about this process, please email the Building Permit Technician Lisa Luna at

The Building Department issues building permits to homeowners and contractors to regulate construction within the City limits. We work closely with the Planning and Engineering Divisions to help maintain a small-town feeling while ensuring that modern-day building safety requirements are met.

All contractors must have a current business license before permits are issued.  To apply/renew a business license, please click here.

Building Permits

Based on the current edition of the International Building codes, building permits are issued during the following days and times.

Monday - Thursday




8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


These codes are followed not only to protect your health and safety, but that of your property investment as well. If improvements have been made to your home, evidence of a building permit and final inspection of the work is often necessary to obtain financing or sell your property. The Building Department is located at City Hall at 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, CA 94553.

Contact Information

Building Official

(925) 372-3550
Building Inspectors (925) 372-3528
(925) 372-3526
(925) 372-3549
Building Inspection Request Recorder (925) 372-3596
Contractor Business License (925) 273-7439