The Building and Safety Bureau works to safeguard public health, safety, and property through the plan check, permit, and inspection processes. To ensure that the minimum safety requirements and standards are met, most building construction activities, including alterations, replacements, and repair work in dwellings require permits and inspections.
What Are Building Permits?
A building permit is an official approval that allows you or your contractor to proceed with construction, alteration, improvement, demolition, or repair of any building or structure on your property. It is intended to ensure that the project plans to comply with local Zoning and Building Regulations for land use, zoning, and construction. These standards are intended to ensure the safety of current and future owners and occupants and to provide enforcement of zoning and land use policies. Additional requirements may apply in historic districts and coastal zones, in accordance with the City's Zoning Regulations.
The six most common building permit types are:
- Building Permit is required to construct ot modify a building or structure.
- Electrical Permit is required to install or modify an electrical system
- Plumbing Permit is required to install or modify a plumbing system.
- Mechanical Permit is required to install or modify heating, ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning and other related systems.
- Combination Permit is required to construct, install, or modify all building, electrical, plumbing, and/or mechanical structure/systems.
- Fence Permit is required for any fence over six feet and six inches in height or for any concrete masonry unit fence (i.e., concrete, masonry, brick or other similar materials)over 4-feet in height above grade.
Minor installations, repairs, or replacements may be exempt from obtaining building permits, as determined by the Building Official.
Please access the Project Development Review References list for a summary of other jurisdictions that may be involved with your project.
Obtaining a Building Permit
Permits shall be issued at the Development Permit Center to a:
Permits become null and void if work authorized is not commenced within 90 days of the issuance or if such work is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of 90 days.