FAQs

Q. How do I apply for a permit?

Building permits are accepted over the counter or by mail.  This is to ensure that all necessary information and original documentation is submitted therewith.  All permit submittals require a deposit. Please contact the office for deposit requirements.

Q. Do I need to schedule an appointment to submit an application?

Building permit applications require no appointment.  Wait times will vary depending on the number of customers already signed in. 

Q. How long should I expect the permit process to take?

It takes approximately 10 working days to obtain a permit. This time may be extended if documentation, corrections or department approvals are required. 
Note: Engineered drawings may exceed this time frame due to the fact that the plans are plan checked by outside services.

Q. What will happen after the permit is applied for?

For a full description of the building permit process go to Permit Process.

Q. Are permits required to re-roof? Are permits required to install or replace a water heater?

Yes, both require permits. Please see the Permit Index.

Q. How do I determine if I need a permit?

Most major projects or developments will require the issuance of a permit.  Permits are a form of insurance for the property owner and others to ensure that applicable codes are enforced.  Contact the Department if you are not sure.

Q. How do I qualify for streamlined permitting for my residential rooftop solar project?

In accordance with AB2188, the Planning & Development Services Department has adopted Title 9, Division 32 for expedited, streamlined permitting.  All information and requirements can be found at this webpage: SRR-SES (Rooftop Solar).

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