The Building Division administers and enforces all building codes and ordinances adopted by the City. This includes field inspections, plan checking and building permit issuance.
The California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Title 24) require any owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the applicable codes, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
City ordinances and California state statutes require that building permits be issued, prior to the start of any work.
HOW DO I GET A BUILDING PERMIT
Building permits must be applied for at the Community Development Department offices located at City Hall, 4381 Broadway St. #201, American Canyon. Counter Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday through Friday & 10:30am-5:00pm on Friday, excluding holidays.
WORK EXEMPT FROM PERMIT
Exemptions from permit requirements shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of California Building Standards Code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:
- Cosmetic Work such as painting, papering, replacing floor coverings, trim work, and similar finish work not regulated in the California Building Standards Code.
Note: Approval from the Planning Division may be required for exterior painting depending on the zoning district of the property. Contact a planner at the Permit Center or (707) 647-4336 for more information.
- Fences not exceeding 6 feet in height; not of masonry, concrete or similar materials of construction.
Note: Contact Planning Division for zoning and setback requirements for any fence. Contact a planner at the Permit Center or (707) 647-4348 for more information.
- One-story detached accessory structures (e.g. tool and storage sheds) that do not exceed 120 square feet of floor area, and do not have any utilities connected (e.g. plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.) and shall not be used for any living or sleeping occupancy.
Note: Approval from the Planning Division may be required depending on the location and height of the accessory structure. Contact a planner at the Permit Center or (707) 647-4336 for more information.
- Walks and driveways not over a basement or story below, less than 30 inches above the adjacent grade, and not part of a disabled accessible route or parking lot.
Note: Repair or replacement of public sidewalks or driveway curb cuts requires review and approval by the Public Works Department. Contact an engineer at (707) 647-4558 for more information.
- Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids. Additionally, when no other structure is attached to, or is dependent upon the support, by the retaining wall.
Note: The City of American Canyon does not allow wood retaining walls.
- Prefabricated swimming pools at a single-family house or duplex meeting all of the following criteria:
- Installed on a single family or duplex property,
- Is less than 24 inches deep,
- Is entirely above ground, and
- Does not exceed 5,000 gallons.
Note: If the max capacity of the water level is over 18 inches in depth, a protective barrier is required. Please refer to the City of American Canyon municipal code, and Building Standards Code, and applicable California state laws. Contact a Building Inspector at the Permit Center or (707) 647-4339 for more information.
- Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a detached one- or two-family dwelling.
- Window awnings attached to single-family homes and duplexes that are supported by an exterior wall, do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall, and do not require additional support.
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.
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.