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Before you can start a business in a specific location you need to confirm that it is zoned for the appropriate use. Our Novato Zoning Portal makes it easy to discover which areas in Novato are zoned for your type of business.

Zoning Portal

Using the Novato Business Portal you can discover which permits and licenses you will need to start or expand your business. Just answer a few simple questions and the tool will provide a list of the permits you require.

Building Permits

If your business plan involves alterations or a change of occupancy to your business premises then you’ll need a building permit. Alterations include construction, plumbing and electrical work, remodeling and mechanical alterations such as air conditioning systems. A full list of permit requirements is available here.

The building permit office is at 922 Machin Avenue. The office is open Monday – Friday from 9 – 5, and is closed for lunch from 1 – 2 pm. The city is closed on alternating Fridays.

“One Stop Shop” hours are 9 – 11am
Monday – Thursday.

Disabled Access Hardship

For Existing Buildings: ALL nonresidential projects with a valuation of $136,060 or less must complete the Disabled Access Hardship Application Form. Accessible features of the building including path of travel from the public way, parking, entrance to the building, path of travel to the proposed alterations/improvements and restrooms must be shown on your plans. All accessibility issues must be shown on your plans.

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