Plan Submittal

We have just changed to a new plan submittal process.  Please have patience with us as we work through the bugs of the change in process.

After you have submitted your plans through the new portal, please email us at Please provide your project address, name and contact phone and e-mail address so that we can verify that your submittal was received.  We will call you with any concerns and walk you through the process if needed.

Thank you for your understanding.

We serve Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto & Unincorporated San Mateo County

Online Plan Submittal and Inspection Scheduling: 

Menlo Park Fire District is happy to announce our new Online Permitting System with Accela Citizen Access (ACA). Here you can submit your application, upload required documents, pay fees, and schedule your inspections. You can view your status at any time by logging into the account you created.

To begin the process, please create an account:

In-Person Submittal Requirements:

  1. Two complete sets of full size plans (min scale: 1/8” = 1’) stamped & wet signed by a licensed/registered design professional
  2. Two copies of supporting documents
  3. A completed plan check application
  4. Plan review fees (due at time of submittal - varies on submittal type)


Plan Reviews Required by Fire:

  1. Site/Access Plans & Subdivisions (include hydrant location, roadway length & width, fire flow (obtained from water department), distance from structure to property line, cover sheet to indicate if the building is to be fire sprinkler)
  2. Gates (include dimensions & plans to indicate knox override key switch to be installed)
  3. Any Alterations or Additions
  4. Fire Sprinkler & Fire Protection Plans
  5. Generators (exception: natural gas only) & LPG tanks
  6. Owner must sign plans and/or provide a letter stating the agent has permission to act on owners behalf
  7. San Mateo County Assessor or third party verification of existing square footage required with owner/builder submittals

Common Fees:

Residential Submittal Type Fee
Site Review (new construction, alterations, additions, etc.) $220
Photovoltaic (Solar) $403
Gate $211
Resubmittal $207
Fire Sprinkler System No Fee
Fire Safety Inspection No Fee