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
Accessory Dwelling & Junior Accessory Dwelling Requirements March 23, 2021 PDF (250 KB)
Address Change Application Form April 9, 2020 PDF (66 KB)
ADU Checklist – Residential May 17, 2022 PDF (234 KB)
All Electric Construction Requirements March 29, 2022 PDF (194 KB)
Alternate Materials Or Methods of Construction Application March 22, 2022 PDF (246 KB)
As Built Plan Check and Inspections March 17, 2022 PDF (229 KB)
BAAQMD Demolition Permit February 24, 2020 PDF (64 KB)
Building Height Calculation Handout April 9, 2020 PDF (166 KB)
Building Permit Application-Contractor February 24, 2020 PDF (143 KB)
Building Permit Application-Owner/Builder February 24, 2020 PDF (367 KB)
CALGreen Building Design and Construction Verification March 22, 2022 PDF (207 KB)
Carbon Monoxide Alarms April 11, 2022 PDF (217 KB)
Certificate of Occupancy March 22, 2022 PDF (207 KB)
Change in Use or Occupancy Classification March 10, 2022 PDF (195 KB)
Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Form April 11, 2022 PDF (248 KB)
Construction Drawings General Information June 1, 2022 PDF (226 KB)
Construction Info – Residential April 12, 2022 PDF (289 KB)
Cool Roofs Requirements February 20, 2020 PDF (228 KB)
Cost Recovery Form March 31, 2020 PDF (178 KB)
Disability Access Requirements & Resources May 6, 2020 PDF (91 KB)
Electric Vehicle Charger Checklist August 12, 2021 PDF (325 KB)
Electronic File Preparation Standards June 8, 2022 PDF (268 KB)
Environmental Impact Questionnaire April 9, 2020 PDF (254 KB)
Fee Information March 22, 2022 PDF (212 KB)
Foundation Work Information Handout February 20, 2020 PDF (203 KB)
Garage and Carport Construction Information March 30, 2022 PDF (234 KB)
Gas Pressure Tests – Information March 30, 2022 PDF (218 KB)
General Plan Amendment Application Checklist April 9, 2020 PDF (210 KB)
Generator Handout October 23, 2020 PDF (37 KB)
Grading & Drainage Info – Commercial February 20, 2020 PDF (220 KB)
Grading & Drainage Info – Residential March 30, 2022 PDF (227 KB)
Guidelines for Plan Organization and Sheet Identification February 20, 2020 PDF (117 KB)
Handrail and Stairs Info – Residential March 29, 2022 PDF (426 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 April 23, 2020 PDF (4.2 MB)
Lot Line Adjustment/Merger Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (196 KB)
Parcel and Subdivision Maps Application Checklist April 9, 2020 PDF (253 KB)
Parcel or Subdivision Checklist May 16, 2019 PDF (448 KB)
Permit Checklist – Commercial February 19, 2020 PDF (206 KB)
Permit Checklist – Residential March 15, 2022 PDF (223 KB)
Permit Extension Request May 23, 2022 PDF (278 KB)
PEX Use Requirements February 20, 2020 PDF (206 KB)
Plan Resubmittal Guidelines May 23, 2022 PDF (183 KB)
Planning Fee Schedule July 1, 2021 PDF (186 KB)
Planning General Application March 31, 2020 PDF (160 KB)
Pre-Manufactured Building Information June 12, 2019 PDF (104 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – Additions, Accessory Dwelling Units and Pools Building Permit Checklist October 6, 2020 PDF (17 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – BASMAA Post Construction Manual October 6, 2020 PDF (2.8 MB)
Public Works & Utilities – Commercial/Industrial Building Permit Application Site and Grading Plan Checklist October 6, 2020 PDF (68 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – Construction Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Applicant Package October 6, 2020 PDF (295 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – Residential Building Permit Application and Grading Plans Checklist October 6, 2020 PDF (16 KB)
Residential Fire Sprinkler Checklist February 2, 2022 DOC (157 KB)
Residential Pool/Spa Information September 13, 2021 PDF (291 KB)
Residential Replacement Windows May 19, 2022 PDF (260 KB)
Retaining Wall Detail – Standard March 29, 2022 PDF (257 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 April 9, 2020 PDF (274 KB)
SPAR Parking Standards April 9, 2020 PDF (477 KB)
SPAR Trash Enclosure Standards April 9, 2020 PDF (309 KB)
Special Inspection and Testing Procedure January 18, 2022 PDF (366 KB)
Special Inspection Approved Agencies January 18, 2022 PDF (130 KB)
Special Inspector Application February 1, 2021 PDF (196 KB)
Specific Plan/Zoning Amendment Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (172 KB)
Tankless Water Heater Information February 25, 2020 PDF (212 KB)
Temporary Electric Service Information May 4, 2022 PDF (222 KB)
Temporary Gas Meter Authorization May 4, 2022 PDF (235 KB)
Unreasonable Hardship Application August 12, 2021 PDF (129 KB)
Variance Application Checklist April 9, 2020 PDF (221 KB)
Visitability and Universal Design – Residential June 6, 2022 PDF (263 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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