Does the City have copies of plans for my property?
The City has some plans on file. You may view them at the Building Division counter. If copies are needed see: Plan Reproduction
Can I get building permits by mail?
At the present time the Building Division is not equipped to issue permits by mail.
Who can pull a building permit?
Section 7031.5, California Business and Professional Code, states that only properly licensed individuals or individuals specifically exempt (Section 7044) from the provisions of the Contractors State License Law shall be allowed to pull a permit for work regulated by our construction codes.
I. Those eligible to pull a Building Permit:
A. Any properly licensed State Contractor licensed under the provisions of Chapter 9, Division 3, Business and Professions Code, provided that he or she has:
1. A valid State Contractor's License; and
2. A current City Business License
B. Any Owner of a residential or commercial property on which the project is proposed provided that he or she signs and marks the declaration on the permit stating:
1. Owner doing own work or having employees with wages as sole compensation do the work and that the structure is not intended to be offered for sale.*
*Note: If owner decides to sell the property he or she must have resided on the premises for one year after completion of the project, prior to such sale. He/she can improve only two such buildings in any three-year period.
2. As owner of the property, he/she will contract with only licensed contractor to do the work involved.
II. Worker's Compensation Certificate Requirements
Prior to issuance of any permit, a valid certificate of Worker's Compensation Insurance must be filed with the City Building and Safety Division or a Certificate of consent of self-insure issued by the Director of Industrial Relations.
Exempted from Worker's Compensation Certificate:
1. Permits for work valued at $200 or less.
2. The applicant for a permit who signs a certificate that reads as follows:
“I certify that in the performance of the work for which this permit is issued I shall not employ any person in any manner so as to become subject to the Worker's Compensation laws of California.”
In the absence of the owner or the licensed contractor, a representative of either such owner or contractor may be eligible to pull a permit upon submittal of an authorization letter signed by the owner or the contractor to pull such permit provided that all other provisions stated herein are complied with in full.
Can I get an over-the-counter review of my plans?
All plans are reviewed by our Plan Check Staff who make every attempt to review your plans in a timely manner. Over-the-counter plan checks are not available for first time or subsequent plan reviews.
When do I need a building permit?
Most building projects will require a permit of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards.
How much does a business license cost?
Please see attached PDF file for current fees.
I have no heat or hot water.
The Uniform Housing Code requires that all residential units have heat and hot water. If you are a renter and heat or hot water is not available in your unit, please first contact your landlord and request that it be provided. In the event that this course of action does not work, please contact Code Enforcement at (909) 625-9477.
I want to rent a city owned apartment.
Please contact Christine S. Caldwell, Assistant Director of Redevelopment via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (909) 625-9413.
Where can I apply for a Business License?
You may apply for a Business License at Montclair City Hall located at 5111 Benito St, Montclair, CA 91763.
Tell me about Fire Safety Inspections for my business.
All businesses within the jurisdiction of the Montclair Fire Department are inspected biennially (every two years), with the exception of those considered High Hazard, i.e. storage of large amounts of flammable and/or chemical products; history of fire code violations, etc. These occupancies are inspected annually. In some cases, fire inspections can occur more frequent; depending on the occupancy type and past violation/compliance history.
Do I need a license or permit to run a business out of my house?
Yes, but only certain types of businesses are permitted to be operated as home occupations. For information, contact the Planning Division at (909) 625-9477.
Contact the Business License department at (909) 625-9423 for information on obtaining a permit to film in the City.
Can I attach a sign to utility poles and streetlight poles?
No. It is prohibited to place signs on any utility poles. For more information on signs see Chapter 11.72 of the Montclair Municipal Code by clicking on the link below, then "Title 11," then "Division III - Development Standards," then "Chapter 11.72."
Yes. Yard sale permits are available for purchase at the Community Development counter at Montclair City Hall, 5111 Benito Street, Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10.00. Yard sales are only allowed to be conducted the first full weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in the months of February, May, August, and November.
Do I need a permit to film in the city?
Yes. Permits cost $100.00 per day and can be obtained through the Finance Division. For information, call (909) 625-9423.
Do I need a license to operate a business out of my home?
Residents operating home businesses are required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit. Forms are available from the Business License counter in the main lobby of City Hall during regular business hours. Home-based businesses are typically limited to office uses that do not involve customers visiting the property. For more specific information about permissible home-based businesses, please contact the Planning Division at (909) 625-9430.
What can I expect when the Fire Department conducts a fire inspection in my place of business?
The Montclair Fire Department conducts fire and life safety inspections at each business within the City on either an annual or bi-ennial (every other year) basis. Generally, firefighters will inspect all public and private areas to insure the business meets the requirements of the California Fire Code. Fire protection and life safety items commonly inspected include automatic fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems, portable fire extinguishers, and heating and electrical systems and appliances. Additionally, exit doors and exit lighting will be tested. Finally, other hazards such as chemicals, flammable liquids, and improper fire loading of stock or merchandize will be examined.
Should a violation exist, a Notice of Violation will be issued. The business owner or responsible party is given a time frame in which to correct the violation. Generally, all violations should be corrected within two weeks from the date of initial inspection. However, violations of a more serious nature may be given a lesser time frame to be corrected. Should additional time be required to correct the violation, you may contact the Fire Marshal’s Office and request an extension.
Please call (909) 626-1217 should you have any questions or to request an extension.
How can I get my business’ fire extinguisher serviced?
Businesses may contact a fire extinguisher maintenance company to make arrangements for servicing. The Fire Department does not recommend any single vendor and encourages price comparisons for like services.
Where are fire extinguishers placed in a commercial building?
According to The California Fire Code, regulating fire extinguisher requirements varies with the different types of hazard classification of the building. A general rule for a commercial building, with no special hazard classification, is an extinguisher with a 2A:10BC rating placed within 75 feet travel distance to all areas.
How do I transfer my business to a new owner?
Business licenses are not transferable. The new owner will need to submit new applications and the applicable fee.
Can I put up a sign to advertise a yard/garage sale?
When a permit is obtained, the resident is provided with two “official” yard sale signs. Up to and additional two signs may be purchased at a cost of $1 each. Signs placed on public property or other private property advertising the sale will be removed by Code Enforcement staff.
Do I need a permit for a yard/garage sale?
Yes. Yard sale permits are available for purchase at the Community Development counter at Montclair City Hall, 5111 Benito Street, Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10.00. Yard sales are allowed only on the first full weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in the months of February, May, August, and November.
Do I need a license to work from home?
Yes. In addition, a home occupation permit is required. Permits can be acquired through the business license department at a one time cost of $64.00. There are conditions to operating a business from your home.
Can I get a sign for my business?
All legally established businesses within the City of Montclair (except in residential areas) are entitled to at least one business identification sign. Permits are required from the Planning and Building Divisions. Signs must be designed to comply with the City's Sign Ordinance and with current City policies. It is recommended that business owners hire a licensed sign contractor to design and erect signs. All signs are subject to review and approval by the Planning Division prior to construction and installation.
I want to become a US citizen.
Contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at their San Bernardino Field offices at:
655 W. Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410-3327