Planning & Building
James A. Bergman
Deputy Director, Permitting
Deputy Director, Policies and Programs
The Construction Permit is needed when:
There are 4 different ways you can apply for a Construction Permit:
The standard Construction Permit is used for single family and multi-family dwellings, commercial, industrial, alterations, demolitions, manufactured homes, moved buildings. Download the Construction Permit Application Package and fill-in all requested information. Your application must include the following:
Use the Construction Permit Submittal Checklist to be sure you have everything you need. You must also visit the State Water Resources Control Board "GeoTracker" on the web to verify whether your project is on a known hazardous waste and substances site (pursuant to AB3750). This information must be disclosed prior to permit issuance. Bring all the required plans, documents, information, and completed Construction Permit application to our permit center for submittal.
There are new State and Federal regulations pertaining to the abatement of lead based paints and other lead hazards in buildings. Most building constructed prior to 1978 are considered suspicious for having lead based paints, so if you are considering remodeling or demolishing an older building, you are now liable for testing the paints for lead content. Please click on the links below for more information.
If your Construction Permit Application submittal is complete (see items listed above), and it’s a smaller project such as a garage, storage building, deck, carport, porch covering, small addition to existing building, foundation replacement/repair, your project may be considered a “Fast Track.” These projects can be reviewed within 10 working days from the time of submittal and initial fee payment.
Over-The-Counter Permits are used for small projects that are not available with ePermits, such as electrical permits, skylight permits, water heater permits, etc. They can be obtained in a single trip to our office without an appointment. Fill out the Construction Permit Application Package and the Over-the-Counter Construction Permit Supplemental document , and bring them in to our office (or obtain them at our office). You will be required to pay the permit fees at the time of submittal.
You may apply for and obtain several permits online . No need to come in to our office! You'll need a valid major credit card, driving directions to the work site, and the ability to print your receipt and your building permit. Visit our Online Permit Application page to apply. With ePermits, you can apply for:
Below is an outline of the permit approval process. Many of these steps take place concurrently. You can also view our Step-by-Step Guide to the Permit Process document.
Your application for a construction permit is valid for 360 days from the date you submitted the application. If a permit has not been issued within that time, the application will expire. An extension of 180 days may be granted upon written request.
It is very important that no work be done on the building site until the permit is actually issued. This prohibition includes grading, all proposed construction, or moving a manufactured home onto the site. The first site inspection, completed prior to issuance, often reveals special problems that may require changes to the proposed plans. This is one reason why it is very important that no work be done to the site prior to issuance.
Construction permits can usually be issued within two months of submittal if the application and plans are complete, and the applicant responds promptly to all requests for information.
A permit is needed for each separate structure (e.g. house, detached garage, swimming pool). If your project requires major grading, a separate permit will required.
Read about Pre-manufactured Metal Buildings and get our project submittal checklist.
If you are building an agricultural building to house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, livestock or other horticultural products, you'll need the Ag Exempt Application Form.
Read the document Energy Incentive Programs for New Homes.