Obtaining Building Permits
The homeowner, their agent, and/or contractors licensed by the State of California may obtain building permits. You may apply using the Building Permit Application (PDF).
Online Permit Processing
You may now apply for certain types of building permits online using our Citizen Access Portal. This site allows you to submit a permit application, pay the required fees, and request inspections, and you can also research your permit history. The types of permits that can be managed online are the following:
Plumbing (water heaters, water pipe systems, sewer replacement)
Electrical (service panel installation, replacement of equipment within existing panel)
You will need to register on the Citizen Access Portal to create a user account, once the account is created you may submit permit applications online anytime. Please note the Citizen Access Portal will only allow you to look up permits where you are named as a contact (property owner, contractor, etc.), you will not be able to research permits that do not involve your property or business.
It is recommended that a licensed contractor conduct work on your project. You can research information on any contractor by logging onto the Contractors Licensing Board's website or you may contact them at 800-321-CSLB.
Permit Requirements & Exemptions
If you have questions on whether your project requires a Building Permit (PDF), you should contact the Building and Safety Division for a determination. You may also see the permit requirements and exemptions page for more information.
Please note that all projects may not be allowed in all zoning districts. It is recommended that you contact the Planning Division prior to any significant investment in your project.
A building permit application should include a plot plan drawn to scale. Information on the plot plan should include:
- The shape and dimensions of the lot
- Location of any oak trees on the property or adjoining properties
- Any existing structures and its use
- Size and location of the proposed structure and its use
- The required setbacks
- Location of any existing roads, any dedicated rights-of-way, or easements
- The drainage flows of the property