Building Division

We are currently accepting hard copy submittals for most projects, some projects can be submitted by email if plans are not larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. Please contact the building department for more information.

Upcoming Holiday Schedules & Changes

  • City observed holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
    • Presidents' Day: Monday, February 19, 2024
    • Cesar Chavez Day (observed): Monday, April 1, 2024
    • Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2024 

Building Division Operations

Building Department Appointments may be scheduled daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. as follows:

  • Mondays through Thursdays: Permit Submittal, Permit Issuance, and Over-the-Counter Permits. Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • Fridays: Questions and pre-submittal meetings with the Building Official by appointment only.
  • Staff are available during the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule a phone call to discuss any questions.

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The Building Division provides the community with a full-time staff available to accept building permit submittals. Department Services also include plan checking, inspections, product and code compliance, code interpretation, and code enforcement.

Appointments are highly encouraged for submittals. We do not accept plans larger than 24 inches by 36 inches.

Plan Check Fees

The City of St Helena development application fee schedule anticipates a review of two submittals for each project. Plan check fees are due upon the first submittal and are based on the scope of the work and will vary with each project.

If, after the second submittal plan check, any department identifies additional issues or discrepancies that require further plan revision and resubmittal, the applicant will be required to pay an additional plan check fee to cover the time involved in reviewing these revised plans.

Any additional plan check fees are due at the time of re-submission and will be based on the hourly rates.

Hourly Rates

  • Supplemental Plan Check Fee (first 1/2 hour) $160.50; each additional 1/2 hour (or portion thereof) $141
  • Supplemental Inspection Fee (first 1/2 hour) $124.50; each additional 1/2 hour (or portion thereof) $105
  • Planning Director $232 per hour
  • Senior Planner $170 per hour
  • Building Permit Technician $118 per hour
  • Standard (blended) Planning Staff Rate $170 per hour
  • Public Works Director/City Engineer $334 per hour


The Building Division is available for onsite inspections on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an inspection please call (707) 968-2657 or email the Building Department.