Browse Building Permits on a Phone
Permits at Hand is a phone app for searching and browsing building permits which have been issued by cities in Marin County, California. The first city to be supported is San Rafael.
The app — for Apple and Android devices — makes public data more conveniently accessible. You can see the permits issued for any property in the supported cities, using either a Google map to select the property, or a search engine to find the property by its address.
Walk through the app
What can the app do?
With this app you can:
- Find all the building permits that have been issued for a selected address.
- See detail for every permit, including status, plans, inspection reports and other attachments, as well as issue date, owner and contractor names and all other public data.
- Select an address using a map. Using the “my location” feature, select any property near you.
- Search by address, using auto-complete for easy typing.
Who will find it useful?
Check on the permits issued for your property, or get background information on construction activity in your neighborhood.
See the permits for work that has been done on a house you are considering.
Real estate professionals and contractors:
Enjoy the convenience of viewing permits on your phone.
Version 1.1.1 Improvements include better fuzzy search for addresses, in particular numeric street names (first/1st), as well as better messages when an error occurs, and bug fixes.
Version 1.1.0 With this upgrade you can search permits issued for properties in San Rafael by Marin County as well as the City of San Rafael. The County has jurisdiction for properties in unincorporated areas of San Rafael. Both the City and the County are automatically searched for a given property.
Version 1.0.0 The first published version of Permits at Hand gives users convenient access to building permit data on a smartphone. Permits issued by the City of San Rafael for any property in their jurisdiction by a combination of map-based navigation and/or address search.