How do I obtain a building permit?

Building permits are issued during the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and other times by special appointment.

Licensed Contractors

In order for a permit to be issued to a licensed contractor, the following must be presented:

  • Valid contractor’s license, pocket copy (not wall copy); 
  • Proof of Workman’s Compensation Insurance carrier and policy number; 
  • If a licensed contractor cannot appear in person, an authorized agent may obtain a permit provided all the following is presented:
    1. Copy of the contractor’s license (pocket copy);
    2. Letter of Authorization on company letterhead, signed by license holder (signature on letter and license must match);
    3. Proof of Workman’s Compensation Insurance carrier and policy number.

Property Owners

Property owners may obtain an “owner-builder” permit provided they meet the following:

  • They are the owners, doing the work themselves;
  • They sign an “exemption from worker’s compensation insurance” form (stating the homeowner is doing the work; however, if they become subject to insurance requirements, they will comply with such provisions).


Plans submitted for plan check are required to include the following:

  • Room additions require three sets of detailed plans, including a plot plan, floor plan, elevations, framing, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing details, and energy compliance forms.
  • Tenant improvements require three sets of the above-required plans.
  •  New structures (by appointment only) require five complete sets of above-required plans, with the addition of two sets of soils reports and structural calculations.
    • Plan check deposit is required on all submittals.
    • Two sets of grading plans and one copy of the soil report must be submitted to the Public Works / Engineering Division along with the required plan check fee.
    • Fire sprinkler plans must be submitted to the Fire Department.

For special appointments or further information, please contact the Building Division at (909) 625-9437.

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