Residential Building Permit Process

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Step 1: Call

Call or visit the Inspections Department for an initial consultation about your project.

  • If a permit is not needed, proceed with your project.
  • If a permit is needed, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Submit Application

Submit your Building Permit application and fee, along with supporting documents, to the Inspections Department. (For an idea of what the supporting documents might be for your project, see specific guidelines by project.)

  • If your project is an interior project or roofing project, go to Interior Projects & Roofing below.
  • If you project is a new construction or addition, go to New Construction & Addition below.

Interior Projects & Roofing

Step 3

The Inspections Department does an architectural review of your plans. Some permits can be approved in one day (eg, roofing, furnace, water heater, etc). Others may take anywhere from five to seven days after the application is received.

If your project requires an electrical, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), or plumbing permit, apply for them now.

  • If your permit was approved, continue to Step 4.
  • If your permit was not approved, resubmit your application with corrections.

Step 4

Building permit issued. Proceed with work and call for inspections as needed.

New Construction & Additions

Step 3

Application goes to the Planning Department to make sure it complies with the zoning code.

  • If it complies, go to Step 4.
  • If it doesn't comply, you can:
    • Modify building project for compliance and resubmit your application.
    • Apply for a variance. If it passes, continue to Step 4. If it is denied, you will need to modify your building project for compliance and resubmit your application.

Step 4

Application goes to Public Works Department for review. Staff will contact you if additional permits (grading, tree preservation, water/sewer, etc) are necessary for your project.

  • If additional permits are necessary, apply for and obtain them from Public Works. Then continue to Step 5.
  • If no additional permits are necessary, continue to Step 5.

Step 5

Application returns to the Inspections Department for architectural review of: plans, soil report, code analysis, site survey, and energy calculations.

If your project requires an electrical, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), or plumbing permit, apply for them now.

  • If your application is approved, continue to Step 6.
  • If you application is not approved, make corrections and resubmit your application.

Step 6

Building permit issued. Proceed with work and call for inspections as needed.