Q: What projects require a building permit?
A: When your project involves any of the following:
- All new construction
- Additions to the existing
- Patio covers
- Patio enclosures
- Room additions
- Attached sheds
- Alterations to the existing structures including:
- Replacing windows or doors
- Alterations or replacement of existing electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems such as:
- Water heaters
- Electrical service
- Replacing fixtures
- Condenser or FAU
Q: What projects don’t require a permit?
A: If you doing any of the following…….
- Painting, carpet, wallpaper or similar finish work.
- Wood fences 6-ft. or less in height.
Check with Planning Division for fence requirements.
( See IB-15: Fences no more than 6ft high)
- Detached accessory structures used for storage or playhouses, 120-sq. ft or less and single story. Check with Planning Division for setback requirements.
(See IB-4: Detached structures less than 120 sq. ft.)
- Decks or platforms less than 30” in height from grade (not over a basement).
Q: What happens if something was built without permits?
A: You have two options:
- Remove the unpermitted structure
- If permissible by zoning requirements you can apply for a special investigation and go through the permitting process. (See Guidelines for Special investigations)
Q: Who can obtain a permit?
A : The property owner , the owner’s authorized agent or a licensed contractor may pull permits, see list of specific requirements to bring with you.
Q: Who can draw the plans for my project?
A: See specific requirements for plans.
Still have questions? Call us at (951) 943-5003.