Building Permit Process

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DO I NEED A PERMIT?
Here are the requirements for Residential and Commercial permits.

Before a building permit can be issued by the Building Division, information related to zoning regulations must be obtained from the Planning Division. If the permit request is new construction then public works and landscaping standards may apply to the property or project. These items must be addressed before a building permit can be issued by the Building Division.

The California Building Code requires that no building or structure regulated by the code shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, converted or demolished wIthout first obtaining a separate building permit for each building or structure.

WORK THAT REQUIRES A BUILDING PERMIT
Below are a list of examples of projects that require a building permit:

WORK THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE A BUILDING PERMIT
Below is a list of examples of projects that do not require a building permit:

  • One story detached accessory building used as tool and/or storage sheds or playhouses, provided the floor areas is not greater than 120 square feet
  • Fences under 7 feet high
  • Retaining walls that do not exceed 4 feet in height (including foundation)
  • Swimming pools that are less that 24 inches deep, are not greater than 5,000 gallons and are installed entirely above ground
  • Sidewalks and driveways that are not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, are not placed over any basement or story below, and are not part of any accessible route 
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work