When applying for a permit, certain information is required to complete the Building Permit Application (choose Building Permit Application from the Building Division Forms list):
- Description of work
- Project location (street number and name)
- Legal owners name, address and telephone number
- Plot Plan Instructions
- Proposed work valuation
- Proof of Workman Compensation
- State Contractor's License information
- Current City Business License
The owner, an authorized agent, or a licensed contractor is the only person who can legally sign the building permit application. Upon approval of the application and issuance of the permit the applicant/contractor has 180 days (6 months) to commence work on the project.
BUILDING PERMIT FEES
Fees are charged for each type of permit issued such as building, plumbing, electrical and/or mechanical. The permit fee is based on the valuation of the project and calculated from fee tables established in the code. The fees provide for the checking of plans and adequate field inspection of the materials and methods of construction.
Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order or credit card. Fess may also be paid via fax when using a credit card.
All permits issued require an inspection during and/or at completion of the work. Scheduling inspections is the responsibility of the applicant/contractor. Depending on the type of project, the following inspections are required:
- Foundation: After trenches are excavated, forms erected and steel is in place.
- Underfloor: After the installation of underfloor framing, heating ducts and plumbing.
- Underfloor Insulation: After the floor insulation is installed, but prior to installation of the subfloor.
- Reroof: Roof nail and final (an overlay roof needs a final inspection only).
- Rough Frame: After the roof, all framing fire blocking, siding, lath and bracing are in place and all pipes, chimneys, vents, rough electrical and plumbing are installed.
- Insulation: After the wall and ceiling insulation is installed.
- Drywall Nail: After the drywall is installed and prior to tape or texture.
- Final: After finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy.
- Water Heater, HVAC: After installation a final inspection is required.
- Footings: When all forms, reinforcing steel, hold down straps and bolts are in place, but prior to being covered.
- Lath inspection - when all wire lath and trim are installed, prior to covering with stucco.
- Slab On Grade: If there is under slab plumbing, electrical or mechanical, leave them exposed for inspection.
- Sewer Lateral: Depth of the trench inspection and a final. Sewer systems must comply.
- Wallboard: When the wallboard is installed and nailed/screwed, but prior to fastener or joint treatment. Fire-resistive and required sound wall penetrations, head of wall and construction joints shall be sealed per an approved listed system at this time.
- Service Change or Upgrade: When work is complete call for a final inspection. It will be tagged by the inspector when approved. PG&E will be notified.
- Special Inspection & Testing
Obviously, not all of the inspections listed will apply to every job. If uncertain which inspections pertain, please check with the Building Division at (707) 647-4338, or by email to the Permit Technician.
WHEN TO CALL FOR AN INSPECTION DISCLAIMER
An inspection hotline is available 24 hours at (707) 551-4619. Your inspection will be scheduled for the next business day, Tuesday - Friday. There are currently no inspections conducted on Mondays. You will not receive a confirmation phone call from the hotline.
- Inspections are typically scheduled between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
- If you have a preferred time window, please leave that information on the hotline.
- Although we try to accommodate your requests, your preferred time cannot be guaranteed.
The approved plans and the inspection card should be on the job site and available to the inspector at the time of inspection.