Determining Project Valuation

Your permit fees are based on the valuation of your project. The value or valuation used in computing the Building Permit fee shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued as well as all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment. See BMC Section 19.28.100

To estimate your project valuation, determine the occupancy classification and type of construction that fits your project and multiply the unit cost by the number of square feet using the table below.

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Once you have estimated your project valuation, use it to determine your project fees using the fee schedules provided below. Fee schedules only go to $100,000. For valuation greater then $100,000 call the Permit Service Center at (510) 981-7500 or manually calculate.

VALUATION UNIT COST

REFERENCE:

2001 CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE - Chapter 6 – Types of Construction

DEFINITIONS:

TYPE I FIRE-RESISTIVE BUILDINGS (Sect. 602)

The structural elements in Type I fire-resistive building shall be of steel, iron, concrete or masonry.

Walls and permanent partitions shall be of noncombustible fire-resistive construction except that permanent nonbearing partitions of one-hour or two-hour fire-resistive construction, which are not parrot of a shaft enclosure, may have fire-retardant-treated wood within the assembly. 

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TYPE II BUILDINGS (Sect. 603)

The structural elements in Type II-F.R. buildings shall be of steel, iron, concrete or masonry.

The structural elements of Type II One-hour or Type II-N buildings shall be of noncombustible materials.

Floor construction of Type II One-hour and Type II-N buildings shall be of noncombustible material, provided, however, that a wood surface or finish may be applied over such noncombustible material.

Walls and permanent partitions of Type II-F.R. buildings shall be of noncombustible fire-resistive construction, except that permanent nonbearing partitions of one-hour or two-hour fire-resistive construction, which are not part of a shaft enclosure, may have fire-retardant-treated wood within the assembly.

Type II One-hour buildings shall be of noncombustible construction and one-hour fire resistive throughout, except that permanent nonbearing partitions may use fire-retardant-treated wood within the assembly, provided fire-resistive requirements are maintained.

Walls and permanent partitions of Type II-N buildings shall be of noncombustible materials. 

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TYPE III BUILDINGS (Sect. 604)

Structural elements in Type III buildings may be of any materials permitted by this code.

Type III One-hour buildings shall be of one-hour fire-resistive construction throughout.  

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TYPE V BUILDINGS (Sect. 606)

Type V buildings may be of any materials allowed by this code.

Type V One-hour buildings shall be of one-hour fire-resistive construction throughout.

Materials of construction and fire-resistive requirements shall be as specified in Section 601.

NOTE:

Refer to Chapter 3 (Use and Occupancy) and Chapter 7 (Fire-resistant Materials and Construction, 2001 CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE for further information and clarification.

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