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New Construction

Building Permits

New construction typically requires building permits, especially if you're adding more space to your home or a non-residential structure. To get more information about what scopes of work require building permits, please check our Building Division's permit page here.

Site Plan and Architectural Review

Certain expansions to existing buildings or new construction of structures requires Site Plan and Architectural Review (SPAR) with the Planning Division. This process can add expense and time to a project so it's important that you verify if it's required in the earlier concept stages of a project. More information regarding SPAR processing is available on the Planning Division's page here.

Development Impact Fees

Beyond permit application fees, the City assess certain projects with Development Impact Fees. These fees are due when the permit is issued (issuance) or completed, depending on the type of use associated with the work. These fees are used to fund general improvements for the city like new fire stations, parks, road improvements and below market rate housing units. t's important to understand what development impact fees may apply to your project during the conceptual planning of any work. More information is available on the Planning Division page.

Environmental Review (CEQA)

The California Environmental Quality Act requires that all projects are reviewed for their potential impacts to the environment. These include considerations changes to the environment relative to noise, air, traffic, wildlife, and historic preservation, among many others. While many smaller projects, like an interior remodel or minor building expansion are exempt from CEQA review, larger projects, especially on previously undeveloped land may require more extensive review and necessitate studies from outside consultants. Please contact the Planning Division to determine whether your project may require additional review relative to CEQA.

Development Review Committee

The DRC can help you scope requirements for your project. Learn more about how the process works and contact Planning to see if your project would qualify.

Building Handouts

NameDateDownload
Address Change Application Form June 12, 2019 PDF (135 KB)
ADU Checklist – Residential February 24, 2020 PDF (208 KB)
Alternate Materials Or Methods of Construction Application February 19, 2020 PDF (246 KB)
BAAQMD Demolition Permit February 24, 2020 PDF (64 KB)
Building Height Calculation Handout June 12, 2019 PDF (159 KB)
Carbon Monoxide Alarms February 20, 2020 PDF (213 KB)
Certificate of Occupancy February 20, 2020 PDF (202 KB)
Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Form February 20, 2020 PDF (248 KB)
Construction Info – Residential June 12, 2019 PDF (257 KB)
Cool Roofs Requirements February 20, 2020 PDF (228 KB)
Cost Recovery Form March 31, 2020 PDF (168 KB)
Encroachment Permit Info Sheet December 9, 2019 PDF (127 KB)
Environmental Impact Questionnaire June 12, 2019 PDF (215 KB)
Fee Information February 20, 2020 PDF (208 KB)
Foundation Work Information Handout February 20, 2020 PDF (202 KB)
Garage and Carport Construction Information February 25, 2020 PDF (233 KB)
Gas Pressure Tests – Information February 24, 2020 PDF (214 KB)
General Plan Amendment Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (320 KB)
Grading & Drainage Info – Commercial February 20, 2020 PDF (220 KB)
Grading & Drainage Info – Residential February 20, 2020 PDF (223 KB)
Guidelines for Plan Organization and Sheet Identification February 20, 2020 PDF (117 KB)
Handrail and Stairs Info – Residential February 25, 2020 PDF (421 KB)
Handrail Info – Commercial February 20, 2020 PDF (253 KB)
How to Get a Building Permit February 20, 2020 PDF (235 KB)
Impact and Capacity Fee Refund June 11, 2019 PDF (101 KB)
Lighting Standards – Residential June 12, 2019 PDF (221 KB)
Lot Line Adjustment/Merger Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (291 KB)
Parcel and Subdivision Maps Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (448 KB)
Parcel or Subdivision Checklist May 16, 2019 PDF (448 KB)
Permit Application-Contractor February 24, 2020 PDF (143 KB)
Permit Application-Owner/Builder February 24, 2020 PDF (367 KB)
Permit Checklist – Commercial February 19, 2020 PDF (206 KB)
Permit Checklist – Residential February 20, 2020 PDF (220 KB)
PEX Use Requirements February 20, 2020 PDF (206 KB)
Plan Review Info February 24, 2020 PDF (228 KB)
Planning Fee Schedule May 15, 2019 PDF (185 KB)
Planning General Application March 31, 2020 PDF (116 KB)
Pre-Manufactured Building Information June 12, 2019 PDF (104 KB)
Retaining Wall Detail – Standard February 20, 2020 PDF (252 KB)
Site Plan Sample February 25, 2020 PDF (72 KB)
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Self Verification Form February 19, 2020 PDF (227 KB)
Smoke Alarm Location & Info – Residential February 25, 2020 PDF (270 KB)
Soils Report Information February 20, 2020 PDF (208 KB)
Solar Photovoltaic Requirements February 25, 2020 PDF (254 KB)
Solar PV Storage Battery Requirements February 25, 2020 PDF (221 KB)
SPAR Checklist May 14, 2019 PDF (371 KB)
SPAR Parking Standards May 14, 2019 PDF (720 KB)
SPAR Trash Enclosure Standards May 14, 2019 PDF (386 KB)
Special Inspection and Testing Procedure February 24, 2020 PDF (339 KB)
Special Inspection Approved Agencies February 24, 2020 PDF (122 KB)
Special Inspector Application February 24, 2020 PDF (196 KB)
Specific Plan/Zoning Amendment Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (263 KB)
Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Barriers – Requirements June 12, 2019 PDF (107 KB)
Tankless Water Heater Information February 25, 2020 PDF (212 KB)
Temporary Electric Service Information February 24, 2020 PDF (202 KB)
Temporary Gas Meter Authorization February 24, 2020 PDF (222 KB)
Variance Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (136 KB)
Water Use Efficiency Improvements February 24, 2020 PDF (258 KB)
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Be sure to identify the fees, permits, and potential upgrades (like sprinklers) involved in your project early in the process, such as before you sign a lease or purchase agreement on a property or apply for a construction loan. 

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