I’m frequently asked how much permits will cost.  To say the least, it varies dramatically depending on the type of job, but also it depends on what city, town, or jurisdiction the in which the home is located.  The short answer is this: check with the municipality to see what it charges for the type of permit you’re after.

What is perhaps most surprising is the difference from one city or town to the next for the same sort of permit.  Let’s look at the cost for the permit (and final) for a furnace and air conditioning pair to be installed at a residence.  If you happen to live in Santa Clara (known for affordable utilities), your permit fee is low. If Gilroy or San Jose, it’s high!

Permit fees for adding a furnace and air conditioning:

Santa Clara  $125

Redwood City  $135

Mountain View  $145

Santa Clara County  $170

Morgan Hill  $190

Saratoga  $200

Sunnyvale  $215

Los Altos  $225

Los Gatos $230

Monte Sereno $265

Campbell $275

Palo Alto  $365

Milpitas  $370

San Mateo  $393

Cupertino $400

San Jose $425

Gilroy – where you really need that A/C – tops the list at   $450.


Quite a spread, wouldn’t you agree?