ATTENTION!! In person permit submittals at the PBES permit center are coming back!! We will be eliminating the drop off cart and look forward to seeing you all again.
Effective Monday, June 21st, standard and quick building permit submittals will once again be handled in the office at the permit counter. You no longer have to first email the building email box to initiate processing. In order to prepare for this transition, all applications emailed to the building email box on Friday June 18th will be returned to you with an invite to bring your complete submittal package directly to the office Monday June 21st or any time thereafter.
Initially we will be here to assist between the hours of 10-11:30am and 1-3pm. Incomplete submittals will not be accepted. At some point soon we will be returning to our normal business hours and operations.
Express permits will still be handled digitally. Please see the Express Submittal Page for submittal instructions.
NEW! Due to recent staff shortages and increased applications, the Building Division is experiencing delays in permit processing and inspection scheduling. We have brought in additional outside consultant services and staff to minimize any delays. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and look forward to returning to our normal level of service as soon as possible.
Please be aware due to the demand and workflow at this time emails and phone calls are taking 3-5 business days for a response. We thank you in advance for your patience and ask that our clients allow us to reply to your email or phone call as calling or emailing multiple times adds to the backlog and prevents other clients from receiving our services in a timely manner.
Ordinance No. 1468 and Resolution 2021-50 for details.NOTICE: New Building Code Requirements go into effect June 17, 2021 to improve fire protection for all new residential construction and rebuilds. Please refer to
Automated Inspection Scheduling System! We have a new system for scheduling your Building Inspections via phone, text, or online. To schedule an inspection online using our Online Permit Center ("OPC"), visit the OPC website. For phone or text, please refer to the Inspections and Select Text Scheduling Guide (Flier) and our handy Automated Inspection Scheduling System Tri-Fold Guide to keep handy in your car. Before you call in to the new automated scheduling system, please review the Guide, then call or text to schedule your inspection(s), and make sure you receive a confirmation for each type of inspection you are scheduling.
Online Permit Center (OPC) - Check Status of Your Permit
Notice - Deferred Submittals
Effective November 1, 2017, Napa County Building Department will no longer accept Deferred Submittals without prior approval by the Chief Building Official on all projects. This includes Truss (Floor and Roof) Calculation Packages. Please adjust your initial building plan submittals to include all of the required documents to submit a complete application package. Incomplete application submittal packages will not be accepted.
Fire Related Information
If you have been affected by the recent fires, visit the Rebuilding After the Fire website.
Building & Development
If you have questions about permitting, building codes, construction violations, or general building safety, please use the informational links provided or give us a call before visiting our public counter.
The Building Division is responsible for managing the construction permitting process. This process includes general public information, plan submittal, plan review, permit issuance, inspection and document retention.Link to page
Building & Construction Inspection
The Construction Inspection Unit is responsible for on-site inspections to ensure a building is constructed according to the approved plans and code requirements.Link to page
Express Review Program
The Napa County Building Department now approves permits for certain projects in one business day.Link to page
Fees & PaymentsLink to page
The Building and Development Division has a number of applications, submittal forms and informational documents to help you with your building and development needs.Link to page
Email the Building Division
Contact emails for the Building DivisionLink to page
Documents, Forms & Information
Information and technical guidance on all types of projects via Division handouts, by phone, or in person at the Public Counter.
Permit Process & Application
Building and construction permitting process, plan submittal, plan review, permit issuance, document retention, development approvals required by others, and scheduling of inspections.
Note: Plan Sets are accepted with just three copies, but no larger than 24 inches by 36 inches.
Next day inspection services for building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, disabled access, energy efficiency, and monitoring of the inspection process.
Investigation of citizen complaints of County Code violations, through inspection, notification, communication and issuance of citations.