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Plan Check Program



ADVISORY: Effective February 1, 2020, the water heater sizing policy will be updated to align with other Bay Area counties and with state and federal recommendations.  The change will impact food facility projects submitted for Plan Check on or after February 1, 2020.


The change will impact all new food and beverage facility projects and projects which require a water heater upgrade or replacement. Projects taken in prior to February 1 will not be impacted unless revisions cause a change in the water demand. A summary of the change is provided here:


    1. Water heaters must be commercial grade.

    2. Food Facilities with multi-use service ware must size water heaters to have a recovery rate equal to or exceeding 100% of the calculated recovery rate in gallons per hour.

    3. Food facilities with only single-use service ware must size water heaters to have a recovery rate equal to or exceeding 80% of the calculated recovery rate in gallons per hour.

Please refer to our Sizing Water Heaters guideline below for details on calculating water heater recovery rates.


The Plan Review and Construction Unit works to ensure that all retail food facilities and recreational health facilities meet minimum health and safety standards while ensuring the functionality, flow, and ease of use for consumers and operators alike. This is achieved through the review of plans for proposed new construction, remodel projects, and equipment changes. Site inspections are also conducted by the unit as a part of the plan check process to verify compliance with the drawn plans.

Plan Check review and approval is required for each of the following before remodeling or construction may begin:

  • Construction of any food facility, mobile food facility, or recreational health facility (e.g., pool/spa)
  • Remodel or significant menu change of an existing food facility, mobile food facility, or recreational health facility
  • Installation, replacement or modification of any equipment including, but not limited to, cooking equipment, preparation equipment, ventilation hoods, water heaters, floors/walls/ceilings, plumbing, sinks, etc.
  • Installation of any vending machine which contains any amount of potentially hazardous foods


Plans that have been stamped by this office must be picked up within 10 business days following the emailed notice of availability from this office. Plans that have not been picked up within 10 business days will be considered abandoned and will be destroyed/discarded. Re-stamping new plans, because they were not picked up during this time, may require payment of additional fees. Please check your email regularly after submitting your approved plans for stamping so that you have adequate time to arrange pickup and avoid additional fees and/or delays. All plans (full set) must be picked up at the same time - stamped sets will not be split.

For general inquiries or to schedule a consultation, site assessment, or plan check inspection, call us at (408) 918-3400, Monday through Friday between 7:30am and 5:00pm. To assist you with technical questions, a Plan Checker is available from 7:30am to 10:00am by phone or in person on a first come-first served basis Monday through Friday.

No business transactions, payments, or project submittals will be processed after 4:45pm. Transactions submitted after 4:45pm will be processed the following business day.

Additional information regarding the plan submittal process, fees, and minimum requirements can be found at the links below.

Please see our individual program pages for information on permitting, inspections, and operations at Retail Food Facilities, Vending Machines, and Recreational Health facilities.

Last updated: 8/6/2020 2:16 PM