Steve is right â€“ you can view your building plans at San Ramonâ€™s City Hall in the building department. However, I am assuming that you want to get an actual copy of the plans for your home, not just view them. Because the plans for your home are considered the property of the builder/architect and protected by copyright law, your local building officials will not allow you to make a copy without the builder/architectâ€™s permission. By visiting the building department, you can view the plans, but not copy any portion of them in any way. There are a couple of ways to get copies; however, it wonâ€™t necessarily be easy.
1. The best way is to contact the builder directly. By doing so, youâ€™ll avoid several legal issues and can shorten the process immensely. Since the builder of your home is still active in the Northern California market, contact them directly at:
100 North Milpitas Boulevard
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 946-1550 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(800) 946-2880 (24/7 Customer Service Voicemail Center)
(408) 262-7604 (fax)
2. Unfortunately, our experience has shown that active builders are often reluctant to provide copies of their plans for proprietary reasons. Therefore, if they are unwilling/unable to provide you copies of the plans, the next step is to go to San Ramonâ€™s Building Department.
City of San Ramon Building and Safety Services
2226 Camino Ramon
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 973-2580 (phone)
In order to make copies of your plans at the building department, you will need the builder/architectâ€™s written permission. San Ramonâ€™s building officials will provide you with a request form that you fill out. That form is then submitted to the builder for their permission. The builder has a specified time to respond, typically 60 days. Often, active builders will not give permission. If permission IS granted, then the city can send the microfiche out to a local copy company to make you a set of full sized plans, or allow you make 8 Â½ x 11â€ copies in their offices. They will ask you to specify which pages you will want. Pay the appropriate fees and you are good to go.
3. The last (and most expensive) way to get a set of plans for your home is to hire an architect or designer who will come out, measure your home on-site and then produce an â€œas-builtâ€ set of plans for your home.
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