MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION.  LEARN MORE.

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 RequirementsMarch 23, 2021 PDF (250 KB)
Address Change Application FormApril 9, 2020 PDF (66 KB)
ADU Checklist – ResidentialFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (208 KB)
Alternate Materials Or Methods of Construction ApplicationFebruary 19, 2020 PDF (246 KB)
BAAQMD Demolition PermitFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (64 KB)
Building Height Calculation HandoutApril 9, 2020 PDF (166 KB)
Building Permit Application-ContractorFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (143 KB)
Building Permit Application-Owner/BuilderFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (367 KB)
Building Requirements for ADU and JADUJuly 12, 2021 PDF (216 KB)
CALGreen Building Design and Construction VerificationJuly 20, 2021 PDF (207 KB)
Carbon Monoxide AlarmsFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (213 KB)
Certificate of OccupancyFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (202 KB)
Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling FormFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (248 KB)
Construction Info – ResidentialJune 12, 2019 PDF (257 KB)
Cool Roofs RequirementsFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (228 KB)
Cost Recovery FormMarch 31, 2020 PDF (168 KB)
Disability Access Requirements & ResourcesMay 6, 2020 PDF (91 KB)
Encroachment Permit Info SheetOctober 19, 2020 PDF (129 KB)
Environmental Impact QuestionnaireApril 9, 2020 PDF (209 KB)
Fee InformationFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (208 KB)
Foundation Work Information HandoutFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (202 KB)
Garage and Carport Construction InformationApril 23, 2020 PDF (229 KB)
Gas Pressure Tests – InformationFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (214 KB)
General Plan Amendment Application ChecklistApril 9, 2020 PDF (210 KB)
Generator HandoutOctober 23, 2020 PDF (37 KB)
Grading & Drainage Info – CommercialFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (220 KB)
Grading & Drainage Info – ResidentialFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (223 KB)
Guidelines for Plan Organization and Sheet IdentificationFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (117 KB)
Handrail and Stairs Info – ResidentialFebruary 25, 2020 PDF (421 KB)
Handrail Info – CommercialFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (253 KB)
How to Get a Building PermitFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (235 KB)
Impact and Capacity Fee RefundJune 11, 2019 PDF (101 KB)
Lighting Standards – ResidentialApril 23, 2020 PDF (4.2 MB)
Lot Line Adjustment/Merger Application ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (196 KB)
Parcel and Subdivision Maps Application ChecklistApril 9, 2020 PDF (253 KB)
Parcel or Subdivision ChecklistMay 16, 2019 PDF (448 KB)
Permit Checklist – CommercialFebruary 19, 2020 PDF (206 KB)
Permit Checklist – ResidentialJuly 6, 2020 PDF (222 KB)
PEX Use RequirementsFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (206 KB)
Plan Review InfoJuly 1, 2020 PDF (228 KB)
Planning Fee ScheduleJuly 1, 2021 PDF (185 KB)
Planning General ApplicationMarch 31, 2020 PDF (116 KB)
Pre-Manufactured Building InformationJune 12, 2019 PDF (104 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – Additions, Accessory Dwelling Units and Pools Building Permit ChecklistOctober 6, 2020 PDF (17 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – BASMAA Post Construction ManualOctober 6, 2020 PDF (2.8 MB)
Public Works & Utilities – Commercial/Industrial Building Permit Application Site and Grading Plan ChecklistOctober 6, 2020 PDF (68 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – Construction Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Applicant PackageOctober 6, 2020 PDF (295 KB)
Public Works & Utilities – Residential Building Permit Application and Grading Plans ChecklistOctober 6, 2020 PDF (16 KB)
Retaining Wall Detail – StandardFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (252 KB)
Site Plan SampleFebruary 25, 2020 PDF (72 KB)
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Self Verification FormFebruary 19, 2020 PDF (227 KB)
Smoke Alarm Location & Info – ResidentialFebruary 25, 2020 PDF (270 KB)
Soils Report InformationFebruary 20, 2020 PDF (208 KB)
Solar Photovoltaic RequirementsFebruary 25, 2020 PDF (254 KB)
Solar PV Storage Battery RequirementsFebruary 25, 2020 PDF (221 KB)
SPAR ChecklistApril 9, 2020 PDF (274 KB)
SPAR Parking StandardsApril 9, 2020 PDF (477 KB)
SPAR Trash Enclosure StandardsApril 9, 2020 PDF (309 KB)
Special Inspection and Testing ProcedureJuly 15, 2020 PDF (368 KB)
Special Inspection Approved AgenciesMarch 24, 2021 PDF (129 KB)
Special Inspector ApplicationFebruary 1, 2021 PDF (196 KB)
Specific Plan/Zoning Amendment Application ChecklistJune 12, 2019 PDF (172 KB)
Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Barriers – RequirementsJune 12, 2019 PDF (107 KB)
Tankless Water Heater InformationFebruary 25, 2020 PDF (212 KB)
Temporary Electric Service InformationFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (202 KB)
Temporary Gas Meter AuthorizationFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (222 KB)
Variance Application ChecklistApril 9, 2020 PDF (221 KB)
Water Use Efficiency ImprovementsFebruary 24, 2020 PDF (258 KB)
photo of new construction


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. 

Close window