To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City will be reducing service levels to essential services only. All City Hall offices are closed, except the main customer service counter (which is now open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM), Development Services, and the Permit Counter which is also open 8AM-5PM. See the Essential Services guide under the News Section for more details.

Building Permits & Plan Review


Building permits are generally required for most types of construction. The Building Code states no building or structure regulated by this code shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a separate permit for each building or structure has first been obtained from the building official.

Some work, however, may be done without a permit:

Retaining walls or planters four feet or less (from the bottom of the footing), decks less than thirty inches high, above ground pools five thousand gallons or less and no more than 24" in depth, window coverings, one-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouse, and similar uses, provided the floor area is not greater than 120-square feet (must comply with zoning setbacks), painting and wallpapering, floor coverings, cabinet replacement, low voltage lighting, fixture or outlet replacement, moveable cases, counters and partitions under five feet are a few examples.

A permit may be obtained by the property owner, a licensed contractor, or a certified agent of the property owner. Some permits may be issued over the counter, for small projects such as re-roofing or an HVAC replacement, but larger projects will need to have plans submitted and have the plans checked which can take from two to six weeks.
Check with the Planning Department for the zoning requirements.

Any alteration of the commercial building will also need to go to design review.

Permit fees are based on the valuation of the project and the number of plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems. The building and plan check fee will be collected at the time the plans and documents for the structure are submitted for plan check. The permit fees will be collected at the time the permit is issued.

2016 Energy Efficiency Standards Approved Computer Compliance Programs (Title 24) 

2019 Design Criteria

Building Permit Application

Commercial Permit and Inspection Information

Residential Permit and Inspection Information

Revision/Resubmittal Application

Solar Reflective Index (SRI) Calculation Worksheet

Ventilation Worksheet