About Building Permits
Other than a few items that are exempt, a building permit is required to construct, install, alter, repair, relocate or demolish any building or structure such as a garage, patio, retaining wall, swimming pool, roofing, windows, etc. Please see section 105.2 of the Municipal Code for items that are exempt from building permits.
- Electrical permit is required to install, alter, repair, relocate or remove a lighting fixture, an electrical equipment or appliance, etc.
- Mechanical permit for heating, air conditioning, commercial hoods, exhaust fans, etc.
- Plumbing permit for water heaters, water closets, sinks, etc.
A separate permit is required for each building, with the exception that a single-family house and its detached garage may be covered in one permit. A "building permit" does not include the associated electrical, mechanical or plumbing permits. These trade permits, however, may be bundled with a building permit and become a "combo permit" all together.
- A separate Grading Permit is required from the Public Works Department if the cut and fill of grade adjustment exceed 50 cubic yards.
- Fire-sprinkler or fire-alarm systems require separate permits from Fire Prevention.
Examples of Work
These are the kinds of work that require a permit include:
- Chimney repair
- Drywall (gypsom wall board) replacement
- Fire damage repair
- Installation of security bars over windows
- Upgrade of electrical panel
- Voluntary seismic strengthening work
- Water heater replacement
- Window and door change-out