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Building and Safety Services

Building and Safety Services

The Building and Safety Services Division oversees the department's One-Stop Permit Center, regulates and inspects private development and construction throughout the city, administers the Federal Flood Plain Program for San Leandro and coordinates flood zone map information.

General Information

Online Permit System by Accela 


Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program
through the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) 

City of San Leandro’s Home Earthquake Strengthening Course

The City of San Leandro is again offering it’s nationally recognized and award winning Home Earthquake Strengthening Course to homeowners. This is a “do-it-yourself” course geared towards owners of older, raised floor homes. Homeowners will be shown how to identify and strengthen structural weaknesses in their homes. Upon completion of this four-day course, each homeowner will have a customized blueprint for their seismic project. Class size is limited. REGISTRATION BY MAIL OR PHONE. IT'S ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.

If you own a hillside home, please contact Division of Building and Safety Services at (510) 577-3405.

When:  New dates in 2017 TBD.
(You only need to sign up for one course/month that is 4 consecutive classes)
Where: City Hall - South Offices, 835 East 14th Street, San Leandro
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Cost for City of San Leandro Residents:
$30.00 for single/$35.00 for couples.

Cost for Non-Residents/Unincorporated San Leandro:
$50.00 for single/$60.00 for couples.

TO REGISTER - Please mail your payment and information or call:
City of San Leandro - Building and Safety Services 
835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577

This class is a great opportunity for the recipients of the California Earthquake Authority grant money. Those participating will gain seismic knowledge and develop a set of plans specific to their project. 

For more information, please call Building and Safety Services at (510) 577-3405.


The City of San Leandro has been chosen as one of only six locations in California for inclusion in the California Residential Mitigation Programs Earthquake Bolt + Brace Program. Qualified homeowners who apply and are accepted into the program are eligible for an incentive payment of up to $3,000 to help pay for costs associated with retrofitting their homes, including hiring a contractor and permit costs.

Timing is critical with this program and registration is limited to a 30-day period. Homeowners must submit their applications to the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) between January 25th thru February 27th, 2017 . Please refer to their website  www.earthquakebracebolt.com

 for specific details. To qualify for the program your house needs to have been built prior to 1979, be on a level or low slope lot, have cripple walls less than 4’ tall (the height of your crawlspace) and have a raised foundation. Retrofitting work done previously is not eligible for this program. Call the City’s Building Division at (510) 577-3405 with questions regarding the program.

The Home Seismic Strengthening Class consists of four evening classes. Each class is two hours and topics covered include: an overview of earthquakes and their effects on wood structures; plan preparation; building department processes; how to hire a contractor; and, practical instruction on the tools to do the job.

City staff will be increasing the number of classes taught from the typical two classes per year to six to allow all those who would like to participate to do so. Subsequent class dates will be posted on the City of San Leandro website.

City Departments

Public Agencies

Building permits can only be issued to a licensed contractor or a property owner. To verify contractor license information, go to http://www.cslb.ca.gov/ .