Pinole's Demolition Requirements

Demolition Requirements


Please see the new Pinole Municipal Code Chapter 15.60

General Information:
Building permits are required for any work involving the demolition or removal and relocation of any structures such as dwelling, garages, sheds, patio covers, pool or commercial or industrial buildings or structures.  At the time of application submittal, a representative of the Planning / Building Division will preliminarily review the plans.  If the information is complete, the application will be accepted for review.

 Document Submittal List

A. Drawings (3) sets of: (7 sets of plans if project involves hazardous materials)

1.  Site Plan
2.   18” x 24” Suggested Minimum Size

B. Notification/Clearance Letters (2) sets of:

  1. Cal-OSHA Notification confirmation if demolition work requires excavations of five feet or more.
  2. Contra Costa County Health Department - Verification letter indicating status of water wells on the parcel or notification of no well present.  Letter to include whether well is to remain or be removed.
  3. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) -  Notification confirmation letter with assigned “J” number, confirming notification regarding asbestos demolition and / or removal is required.
  4. PG&E - Notification confirmation of disconnection of gas and electrical utilities.
  5. West County Sanitary District (WCSD) - Copy of Demolition/Sewer Capping Permit if Property is Located in WCSD area.  Call Public Works at (510) 741-2065 or email [email protected] to verify.
  6. Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department - Notification confirmation is required for the removal of any septic tanks.

C. Other Documents

  1. Building Permit Application
  2. Planning Application
  3. Owner/Builder Form (if applicable)
  4. Hazardous Material Disclosure Statement (AB3205) with Signature from the Property Owner
  5. Pre-Construction Waste Handling Plan
  6. Use Declaration Statement (Convey Parcel Use Post Demolition)
  7. Fire Department Live Training Exercise Agreement
  8. Statement of Storm water Pollution Prevention
  9. PCB Report (as required per 15.60 of the Municipal Code).

D. One (1) digital copy of all plans, calculations, and specifications (PDF format)

Information to be Included on Documents

A . Site Plan

1. Parcel, including property lines and any easements
2. All structures to remain and/or to be demolished, each clearly noted
3. All walkways, driveways, etc, to remain or to be demolished, each clearly noted
4. All trees to remain and/or to be demolished with canopy, species and caliper size clearly noted and the proposed method
of preservation for trees to be preserved. (Please note: Proposed tree removal may require additional information)
5. Any hazardous materials
6. Any water wells
7. Any septic tanks
8. All utilities, including gas, electrical and water lines

B. Information

1. Design Professional to sign all documents
2. Name, title, address, and contact phone number of design professional
3. Address of property and name, address, contact phone number of property owner
4. Cover Sheet Information:
a. Applicable codes
b. Description and scope of work

C. Separate Plans and Permits Required for the Following Types of Work (Contact Public Works at (510) 741-2065 or email [email protected] with any questions).

1. Encroachment in the public right of way
2. Grading

NOTE: This is not a complete list of all required submittals; additional information may be required after initial plan review.





The California Building Code requires a building permit to be obtained prior to the removal, and/or demolition of any structure, including swimming pools. This includes removing existing pools or filling them with fill material.


A Building Permit may be issued only to a State of California Licensed Contractor or the Homeowner. If the Homeowner hires workers, State Law requires the Homeowner to obtain Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

When a permit is required for an alteration, repair or addition exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) to an existing dwelling unit that has an attached garage or fuel-burning appliance, the dwelling unit shall be provided with a Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm in accordance with the currently adopted code.



OPTION #1: The applicant may retain a civil or geotechnical engineer to supervise the filling and compaction of the fill material per the California Building Code. The engineer shall provide a report to the City prior to the final inspection, as to observation of fill, compaction and general site drainage conditions after final grading. If the site will be considered for a structure to be place on it at a later date, this is the option that should be used. The natural gas line and water service serving the pool and pool equipment must be capped off with an approved fitting.
The electrical wiring serving the pool equipment including the breaker in the electrical panel shall be removed.

OPTION #2: Swimming pools may be filled with “clean fill.” Clean fill is uncontaminated, non-water-soluble, non-decomposable inert solid material. The term includes clean soil, rock, gravel, sand, stone, dredged material, used asphalt, and brick, block or concrete from construction and demolition activities that is separate from other waste and recognizable as such. Materials which have been painted are not allowed. A receipt is acceptable for documenting the source of the clean fill obtained from off site. The natural gas line and water service serving the pool and pool equipment must be capped off with an approved fitting. The electrical wiring serving the pool equipment including the breaker in the electrical panel shall be removed. The following also applies:

  • Non-buildable Area: if the post demolition area is to become a non-buildable area, delineate the non-buildable area on the plot plan.
  • Buildable Area: if the post demolition area is to become buildable, you must provide the following two items:
    1- A demolition, drainage and compaction plan prepared and wet-stamped by a State Licensed Engineer
    2- A completed special inspection form that designates the supervising Engineer or Special Inspection Agency that will both conduct the backfill compaction operation and provide a compaction report to the Building Division declaring the abated area as buildable.

Under this provision the following is required

1. A “COVENANT FOR RESTRICTED USE AREA MAINTENANCE OF UNCERTIFIED FILL” letter needs to be prepared by the applicant (modify the attached sample letter as needed). The letter shall be signed by the property owner(s) and notarized before it is taken to the Contra Costa County Recorder’s Office. The County requests a notary acknowledgement form to be attached to this letter.

2. The notarized document above is then recorded at the Contra Costa County Recorder’s office located at:

       555 Escobar St,

       Martinez, CA 94553


  A copy of the recordation is required prior to Final of permit.


SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS: The forms below shall be completed prior to your submittal.

1. Building Permit Application

2. Owner/Builder Form, if applicable

3. Construction Debris Hauler Acknowledgement Form and Waste Handling Plan