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Menlo Park Building and Remodeling Information

Menlo Park, in San Mateo County, has a population of about 30,000 (as of 2009). The city’s borders range from HWY 280 to San Francisco Bay. Menlo Park has both a planning division and a building division. As home city to Sunset Magazine, it is not surprising that the building and planning departments are located on a park-like campus:

City of Menlo Park

701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Planning Department
Telephone: 650.330.6702
Building Department
Telephone: 650.330.6704

Green Building in Menlo Park

In 2010 the City of Menlo Park adopted minimum State CALGreen Requirements and directed staff to research requiring additional sustainable building standards. Additional standards, such as exceeding the California Energy Code (Energy Code) by 15 percent (which has been determined to be cost effective), might be adopted for new home construction in July 2011.

Getting a Building Permit in Menlo Park

The requirements for getting a building permit in Menlo Park depend on where you’re building (soil conditions) and what you’re building. The Menlo Park Building Division website provides comprehensive information on building permit requirements. Here are some highlights:

Due to the local geology and ground conditions, Sharon Heights and the area between Alameda De Las Pulgas and Interstate 280 have special requirements. To mitigate geologic hazards, a soils investigation will determine the type of foundation required to build an addition or new custom home. Keep in mind that a construction budget can be significantly impacted by the engineering required for a foundation.

As with building permit requirements in other Bay Area cities, there are three general categories of residential construction: less than 500 square feet, over 500 square foot addition, and new home construction. Each category has increasing levels of requirements such as: structural engineer’s calculations, Title 24 energy calculations, geologist report, arborist report and elevation certificate. Basement plans must include a subgrade drainage system with the grading and drainage plan.

If you’re in a rush, for an additional fee, the City of Menlo Park offers expedited plan review services through several third party vendors.

Menlo Park Noise Ordinance: Construction activities are limited to the hours of eight (8) a.m. and six (6) p.m. Monday through Friday. Noise is not permitted on these holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

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