Applications for Building Permits may be made in person at the Building Division counter or online for some permit types (see our web permits page)
To apply for a building permit you may need the following items:
Building permits will only be issued to:
1) California licensed contractors of the appropriate classification.
2) Owner/Builders: An owner-builder is the person who owns the property and acts as the general contractor on the job, and either does the work themselves, has employees or uses licensed contractors to work on the project. Owners of residential properties need to have owned the property for the last 12 months.
In both cases, the builder owner, employee of the owner or licensed contractor or employee of the licensed contractor is required to be present at all inspections.
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A Building Permit will expire if the work is not completed within three calendar years from the date of issuance. An unexpired permit may be granted a one time, six month extension.
Submitted applications and plans expire two years after the date of submittal.
Please see the City Code online for more information on permit expiration.
Most construction work does require a building permit. Please refer to the handout, Permits Required and Exempted Work (151 KB), for a detailed list of types of work that is exempt from requiring a permit.
In order for a Permit Exemption to be valid and defensible, it must be obtained in writing as described in Procedure A-1 Permit Exemption (160.8 KB).