Permit Processing Info

Building Division staff reviews construction plans to verify compliance with State Building Codes and local regulations. We are currently under the provisions of the 2019 Edition of the California Building Standards Codes Cycle.

If you are wondering if you need a Building Permit for your proposed project, please see the following PDF for an detailed explanation of when a permit is required:  When Is A Permit Required? 

To submit a project for plan review, please "Plans Required for Submittal" handout below to determine the number of plan sets required based on your scope of work.

Plans Required for Submittal

We will also need a completed Plan Check Application form.  All forms can be found at the following link: 

Building Permit Forms, Applications & Fees

When submitting for a second cycle of plan review, prior to issuance, this is referred to as a resubmittal (Not a revision). Each subsequent submittal is called a resubmittal.  DO NOT cloud the changes made to the plans.  Please provide a narrative identifying the changes.  Re-submittals of plans due to plan check comments will require:

  1. Old Plan Check Sets
  2. New Corrected Construction Sets
  3. Plan Check Comment Response Letter
  4. DO NOT CLOUD CORRECTIONS

If the plans have been approved, the permit issued, and a change to the plan is required.  This is called a revision.  All changes to the plans MUST be clouded.  If your project needs a revision, please see the following document for steps and procedures.

Plan Revision Procedure


Construction Plan Requirements

Detailed construction plans are required for most types of projects. Construction plans must clearly indicate the location, nature, and extent of the project, and show in detail how it will comply with the Building Codes.

For a permit application to be deemed complete for submittal, the submittal documents must contain all information as required per California Building Code Section 107.

This includes, but not be limited to:

Architectural Plans*

  • Site Plan showing Property Line Boundaries, All Structures on Property and Project Location
  • Detailed and Dimensioned Floor and Roof Plans
  • Detailed and Dimensioned Building Elevations and Cross-Sections
  • Means of Egress Analysis
  • Green Building Code Requirements
  • Title 24 Energy Calculations

Structural Plans*

  • Foundation Plan
  • Framing Plans
  • Roof Framing Plans
  • Structural Details
  • Structural Calculations

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Landscaping Plans (as necessary)

*Please be advised that not all items may be necessary based on the proposed scope of work. Please speak with a Plan Check Engineer with the Building Division to clarify if an item is necessary for submittal.


Getting Construction Plans Prepared for Your Project

Construction plans must be prepared by a qualified person. Building & Safety staff does not prepare plans. For most project types, the plans must be prepared by a California Licensed Architect or Engineer.

For help hiring an Architect, please download the Consumer's Guide to Hiring an Architect.

Submitting incomplete, inaccurate, or non-compliant plans could delay the permit process for your project and incur additional plan review fees.


Over-the-Counter Plan Review

Smaller projects which require no more than 30 minutes for plan review can typically be reviewed over-the-counter. Depending on the complexity and scope of your project, or the existing conditions which may be present, Building & Safety may require that you submit your plans for a more detailed review. The following types of projects are normally reviewed over-the-counter:

  • Residential Patio Covers
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wall Signs
  • Re-roofing