Payment Options and Convenience Fees

Office Payments

Payment types accepted in the office are cash, check, MasterCard/Visa debit cards, and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express).

To avoid paying a 2.5% convenience fee for debit card or credit card transactions, you may pay with cash or check. 

ePermit Center Payments

Online payments can be made for Building Permit applications using a MasterCard/Visa debit card, credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (E-check) on our ePermits Center website. Below are guides for our ePermits Center payments.
How to Make a Payment Guide (PDF)
How to Make a Payment Video

Credit Card, E-Check Payments and Convenience Fees

All credit card and debit card payments are subject to a 2.5% convenience fee of the application fee amount due with a $1.00 minimum.

E-Check payments made on our ePermits Center are subject to a $3.00 convenience fee for payment amounts of less than $10,000 and a $15.00 convenience fee for payments over $10,001.

The convenience fee is not a fee payable to Contra Costa County. The convenience fee is required and charged by our third party payment processor, Official Payments Corporation. The convenience fee covers the cost of processing the secure payment transaction in our office and on our ePermits Center website. The convenience fee will appear as a separate charge for Official Payments Corporation from the application fees due to Contra Costa County on your credit card statement.

Track Credit Card/E-Check Payments

Official Payments Terms & Conditions for credit card and e-check transactions (PDF)
How to track credit card and e-check payments made in the office or online (PDF)