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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 FormJune 12, 2019 PDF (135 KB)
Alternate Materials Or Methods of Construction ApplicationJune 11, 2019 PDF (168 KB)
Building Height Calculation HandoutJune 12, 2019 PDF (159 KB)
Carbon Monoxide AlarmsJune 11, 2019 PDF (99 KB)
Certificate of OccupancyJune 11, 2019 PDF (164 KB)
Commercial Grading & Drainage InformationJune 11, 2019 PDF (183 KB)
Commercial Handrail InformationJune 11, 2019 PDF (220 KB)
Commercial Permit ChecklistJune 11, 2019 PDF (199 KB)
Cool Roofs RequirementsJune 11, 2019 PDF (221 KB)
Cost Recovery FormJune 12, 2019 PDF (267 KB)
Demolition PermitOctober 6, 2019 PDF (64 KB)
Encroachment Permit Info SheetMay 21, 2019 PDF (191 KB)
Environmental Impact QuestionnaireJune 12, 2019 PDF (215 KB)
Fee InformationJune 11, 2019 PDF (190 KB)
Foundation Work Information HandoutJune 11, 2019 PDF (188 KB)
Garage and Carport Construction InformationJune 11, 2019 PDF (194 KB)
Gas Pressure Tests – InformationJune 11, 2019 PDF (188 KB)
General Plan Amendment Application ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (320 KB)
Grading & Drainage InfoJune 11, 2019 PDF (188 KB)
Guidelines for Plan Organization and Sheet IdentificationJune 11, 2019 PDF (96 KB)
How to Get a Building PermitJune 11, 2019 PDF (218 KB)
Impact and Capacity Fee RefundJune 11, 2019 PDF (101 KB)
Lot Line Adjustment/Merger Application ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (291 KB)
New PEX Use RequirementsJune 12, 2019 PDF (93 KB)
Non-Residential Lighting Testing RequirementsJune 12, 2019 PDF (53 KB)
Parcel and Subdivision Maps Application ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (448 KB)
Parcel or Subdivision ChecklistMay 16, 2019 PDF (448 KB)
Permit Application-ContractorJune 11, 2019 PDF (44 KB)
Permit Application-Owner/BuilderJune 11, 2019 PDF (150 KB)
Photovoltaic (Solar) RequirementsJune 12, 2019 PDF (81 KB)
Plan Review InfoSeptember 15, 2019 PDF (185 KB)
Planning Fee ScheduleMay 15, 2019 PDF (185 KB)
Planning General ApplicationMay 14, 2019 PDF (239 KB)
Pre-Manufactured Building InformationJune 12, 2019 PDF (104 KB)
Residential Construction InformationJune 12, 2019 PDF (257 KB)
Residential Lighting StandardsJune 12, 2019 PDF (221 KB)
Residential Permit ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (102 KB)
Residential Stairs and Handrail InformationJune 12, 2019 PDF (422 KB)
Retaining Wall Detail – StandardJune 12, 2019 PDF (154 KB)
Site Plan SampleJune 12, 2019 PDF (92 KB)
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Self Verification FormJune 12, 2019 PDF (108 KB)
Smoke Detectors LocationsJune 12, 2019 PDF (139 KB)
Soils Report InformationJune 12, 2019 PDF (107 KB)
SPAR ChecklistMay 14, 2019 PDF (371 KB)
SPAR Parking StandardsMay 14, 2019 PDF (720 KB)
SPAR Trash Enclosure StandardsMay 14, 2019 PDF (386 KB)
Special Inspection and Testing ProcedureJune 12, 2019 PDF (357 KB)
Special Inspection Approved AgenciesJune 12, 2019 PDF (121 KB)
Special Inspector ApplicationJune 12, 2019 PDF (116 KB)
Specific Plan/Zoning Amendment Application ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (263 KB)
Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Barriers – Requirements forJune 12, 2019 PDF (107 KB)
Tankless Water Heater HandoutJune 12, 2019 PDF (106 KB)
Temporary Electric Service InformationJune 12, 2019 PDF (90 KB)
Temporary Gas Meter AuthorizationJune 12, 2019 PDF (104 KB)
Variance Application ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (136 KB)
Water Use Efficiency ImprovementsJune 12, 2019 PDF (187 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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