Building Permits

Obtaining Building Permits
The homeowner, their agent, and/or contractors licensed by the State of California may obtain building permits. You may either apply using the Building Permit Application (PDF) or by enrolling and utilizing the Permit by Fax Program.

Licensed Contractors
It is recommended that a licensed contractor conduct work on your project.  You can research information on any contractor by logging onto the Contractors Licensing Board's website or you may contact them at 800-321-CSLB.

Permit Requirements & Exemptions
If you have questions on whether your project requires a Building Permit (PDF), you should contact the Building and Safety Division for a determination. You may also see the permit requirements and exemptions page for more information.

Zoning Requirements
Please note that all projects may not be allowed in all zoning districts. It is recommended that you contact the Planning Division prior to any significant investment in your project.

A building permit application should include a plot plan drawn to scale. Information on the plot plan should include:
  • The shape and dimensions of the lot
  • Location of any oak trees on the property or adjoining properties
  • Any existing structures and its use
  • Size and location of the proposed structure and its use
  • The required setbacks
  • Location of any existing roads, any dedicated rights-of-way, or easements
  • The drainage flows of the property