Who May Apply For A Permit?
Property owners or licensed contractors may apply for a building permit or sub-permit. Contractors must provide a Certificate of Workers' Compensation Insurance. Property owners doing their own work will be required to sign an "Owner-Builder Declaration" stating that they are actually doing their own work and are exempt from the requirement of having Workers' Compensation Insurance, or they will be required to provide a Certificate of Insurance.
How Do I Apply For A Permit?
The first step is to fill out a building permit application form. This form must be submitted for all construction and must be completely filled out and signed. If the applicant is lacking any information asked for on the form, this should be brought to the attention of the staff member accepting the application so that he or she can assist the applicant in completing the form.
For an interior remodeling project, the applicant must submit two copies of complete floor plans with details indicating the proposed changes. Be sure to indicate clearly what is new work and what is existing, what is to remain and what is to be removed.
For additions or new construction, the applicant must submit two sets of utility load sheets and Title 24 State Energy calculations along with a CF-1R form. CF-1R form with signature shall appear on plans.
Before preparing your plans, be sure to check with the Public Works Department to see if you are in a flood zone. This requirement applies to all applications for exterior modifications.
Construction work must start within 180 days of the issuance of the permit. If work has not been started and no inspections have been called for in this period, the permit will be declared null and void. The permit may be renewed for one-half the original permit fee if no change in the plans are made, but the renewal process may only be used up to one year after issuance. Beyond that time a new application and full fee will be required.
The Building Official may extend an unexpired permit once for a period not exceeding 180 days on written request by the permittee showing reason(s) for not commencing the construction.
How Much Will It Cost?
Building permit fees are based on a proportion of the total construction cost, including all materials and labor involved in the proposed work. A Building Division plan checking fee is assessed at 75 percent of the building permit fee. A Zoning plan check fee (where applicable) is assessed at 25 percent of the building permit fee. These plan check fees must be paid upon submittal of the plans and application.
Plumbing, mechanical and electrical permit fees are based on the actual work done (such as how many receptacles, sinks, fans, etc). Re-roofing permit fees are based on the value of the entire job, including materials and labor.