MAY 2020
Welcome to The Development Digest, a monthly guide delivering the latest news from Fremont's Community Development Department.

Construction Services Updates

To align with the revised Shelter in Place Order issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department on April 29, 2020 to continue to limit the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the City is allowing construction projects to proceed in Fremont as long as the projects comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols included in the Order.

Development Services Center
To help construction projects move forward in Fremont and provide an alternative to online services, the City’s Development Services Center has reopened to the public. The Center, located at 39550 Liberty Street, is a one-stop-shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving permit applications and construction documents for all types of projects. As the Development Services Center reopens, services and staffing are limited. For more information, please read this City news article.

Online Pre-Application for Permits
The City is accepting online pre-applications for the following permits: planning permits, building/fire permits, and engineering permits. The pre-application is available online through the City’s Accela Citizen Access portal. For more information, please visit the City's Pre-Application for Permits webpage.
Express Permits for Home Upgrades
For express building permits for basic home upgrade projects like water heater replacements, roof replacements, and minor kitchen/bathroom remodels, applicants should submit their building permit application and plans by email. For more information, please visit the City's Express Permits webpage.
Building Inspection Services
The City is conducting building inspection services for construction projects that comply with the current Shelter in Place Order and follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included in the Order. Building inspections are available for all projects. Inspections can be scheduled online through the City’s Accela Citizen Access portal or by phone at 510-494-4885.
FAQs during COVID-19
Community Development has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document to help answer questions about the City’s construction and development services during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., permit applications, plan reviews, and building inspections). This document will be updated regularly. Community Development staff members are also available by phone or email to provide assistance and answer questions.

  • Building Inspection: 510-494-4400 or email
  • Code Enforcement: 510-494-4430 or email
  • Development Services Center: 510-494-4443 or email
  • Housing: 510-494-4500 or email
  • Planning: 510-494-4440 or email
  • Plans and Permits: 510-494-4460 or email
  • Sustainability: email

For more information and updates to City services, please visit the City's Coronavirus webpage.

Housing Resources

To help those who may be experiencing economic hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City's Housing Division has prepared a list of housing resources for renters, homeowners, and landlords. Please share with family, friends, and neighbors. We are in this together.

In addition, several affordable housing opportunities are coming soon to Fremont. If you are interested in learning more, sign up for the City's Affordable Housing Interest Lists. Application information is emailed to subscribers as soon as it becomes available.

For more information, please visit the Housing webpage.

Resources for Fremont Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented economic event that has significantly disrupted businesses across all industries. To help Fremont businesses during this difficult time, the City’s Economic Development Department has developed the following webpage: COVID-19 Guidance for Employers, Workers, and Businesses. This webpage includes suggestions and resources all in one place and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Additionally, the City is encouraging residents to continue to support open Fremont businesses. Residents can use this interactive map to find local restaurants and coffee shops offering take-out and delivery options, as well as other essential businesses that are open during the current Shelter in Place Order.

New Fremont App for Service Requests

The City recently launched Fremont App, a new application that enables residents to report a wide range of local, non-emergency issues directly to City departments. By accessing Fremont App on their smartphone, tablet, or computer, residents can do the following:

  • take a picture or video of issues such as potholes, tree hazards, malfunctioning streetlights or traffic signals, unsafe or unsanitary buildings, or overgrown plants/vegetation,
  • add a message to describe each respective issue, and
  • send it directly to the proper City department.
Fremont App is free to use and available for download in the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play Store. To access on a computer, please visit

For more information, please visit the Fremont App webpage.

U.S. Census 2020

As the Fremont community continues to work together to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 U.S. Census count presents another opportunity for the community to show its strength in numbers. Every ten years, the Census Bureau counts everyone living in the country to collect basic information including age, sex, and race for every adult, child, and baby. As of April 27, 2020, 66% of Fremont households have responded to the Census. If you have yet to complete the Census, please do so to help ensure funding and political representation for Fremont for the next ten years. You can complete the Census from the safety of your home by responding online at, calling 1-844-330-2020, or sending back the questionnaire you received in the mail.

For more information, please visit the City's Census 2020 webpage.

Use the Citizen Access online tool to access permitting information, request a building inspection, and submit a concern to Code Enforcement.
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