Building Services

Services

Building Code Education

Department of Planning & Building staff hold quarterly Building User Group (BUG) meetings to help facilitate construction-related activities. The meetings provide a forum that enables two-way dialog between the Department and the customers it serves.

Building Inspections

Building projects are inspected by Department of Planning & Building staff during construction to ensure that the project complies with applicable codes and ordinances. The goal of the Department is to perform these inspections thoroughly while minimizing their impact to the project.

Building Plan Review

Department of Planning & Building staff perform building plan reviews for construction permit and grading permit applications to ensure that building plans comply with applicable codes and ordinances.

Construction Permits

A construction permit (sometimes called a building permit) is needed for almost any project that involves building or altering a structure or its plumbing, mechanical, or electrical systems. Staff in the Department of Planning & Building review applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a construction permit. No construction activity can start until a construction permit has been issued.

Grading Permits

A grading permit is typically needed when a project will change the topography of a property through removing and/or depositing more than 50 cubic yards of soil. Grading is regulated because it can cause serious problems when not done properly. Staff in the Department of Planning & Building review applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a grading permit.

Public Records Act Requests

The Department of Planning & Building provides access to the records it maintains in accordance with the California Public Records Act.