COVID-19 Updates

While City Hall is now partially open to the public, we still ask the public to move to electronic submissions for their Building Safety and Permitting needs. Download the Permitting During COVID-19 Closures flyer for more details. 

See the latest status of City Hall and other City programs and operations on the City's COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations page

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On October 18 and 19 we will be receiving a major upgrade to our permit software. This means our ability to issue permits or provide any kind of status information will be disrupted. We will continue scheduling inspections.

Our office will be closed to the public on Wednesday, October 27, as we are closed the last Wednesday of every month.

Operating Status During COVID-19

We are now scheduling inspections on Wednesdays, except for the last Wednesday of each month when we are closed to the public.

The counter has returned to standard operating hours, 8:00-5:00 daily. Staff working in City Hall remains limited, however, so there may still be limited service available, especially at the beginning and end of the day, and across lunch hours.

Please try to limit counter visits only to those things absolutely requiring them. Use e-mail whenever possible. We are now processing everything electronically.

  • Avoid coming to City Hall on Wednesdays. Court sessions have resumed, and City Hall will be much more crowded.
  • If you’re coming from any distance, call or e-mail first to ensure we are open.
  • If you pay for a permit in person, plans will still be returned electronically.
  • Applications and plans are not accepted at the counter.
  • All submissions should be made in PDF form to the permits e-mail. Plans should be in a single PDF, or at most two if there are separate drawings and submittals.
  • To request an inspection, please use the web form. Most inspections are again conducted in person.
  • For more complete details, please see this handout.


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