Frequently Asked Questions:
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 6 ft. 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. Se the 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.