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To initiate the process to create an accessory dwelling unit in a single-family dwelling, the owner will submit plans to the Building Division, complete a Building Permit Application (PDF) and pay plan review fees.
For more information on the requirements, view the basic Accessory Dwelling Unit Requirements (PDF). For residency verification questions, you may contact the Planning Division at 650-991-8033 to speak with a Planner.
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Fences come under a “good neighbor” policy. The City does not require fences, nor are permits required to build fences as long as they do not exceed the six foot height limit. Ownership, building, or rebuilding is a matter of agreement between property owners. Should a neighbor not desire to help defray the cost or labor, the other owner can do the work on their own.
For more information, view our Fences and Retaining Walls (PDF) document.
Prior to sale of a house, a Residential Requirements Report (3R) (PDF) must be obtained from the City.
Upon the sale of a house, City ordinance requires the water heater, if located in the garage, to be raised 18 inches from the garage floor to the flame or from the element capable of generating a glow or spark. This work requires a permit.
Battery powered smoke detectors are required to be installed in each bedroom or sleeping area and in the hall leading to the bedrooms. This does not require a permit.
Homeowners, please make sure that your contractor has a permit and obtains the final inspection. Request to see the job card before they start work. The inspector will sign off on the final inspection upon successful completion of the project. All Daly City inspectors are Combination Inspectors. To serve the our residents better, all trades can be inspected and signed off by the same inspector during one visit to the site.