The City of Mountain View does not have discretionary design review for single-family home development nor requires noticing of adjacent neighbors of construction activity, as an effort to reduce costs, time and process for homeowners. As long as a remodel, addition or new construction of a home complies with the development standards of the zoning district in which the property is located, then no permit is required by the Planning Division, except for the cases listed below. Development standards include required setbacks from the property lines, height restrictions, floor area restrictions, minimum yard requirements, etc.
Permits are required by the Planning Division in the following cases:
More information on application materials and fees are available here.
Even if a planning permit is not required, your plans will need to be reviewed by a planner at the public counter before you can submit for building permits. You should always have a Planner and Public Works Engineer review preliminary plans of your project prior to drafting plans for Building permit review to ensure no issues arise when you are trying to submit for building permits.
Building permits are required for most construction activities to confirm the work being completed is built to the current California Building Code and City standards. Permits are not required for some minor repairs or modifications, such as repairing dry wall, painting and carpeting. However, permits are required for work that involves installing/replacing equipment and upgrading or replacing structural or building components of the home, such as, but not limited to, reroofing, replacing a porch, installing an AC unit, replacing a water heater, installing new windows, etc.
Call to confirm if a building permit is needed for your project at (650) 903-6313.
Specific information and materials are required to be submitted to the Building Division for building permit review. For information on requirements and review timelines for single-family homes, visit the Building Division's single-family home new construction page or addition/remodel page.
Construction thresholds for additions, remodels and new construction, which may add additional cost or scope to your proposed project include: