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 (177 KB)
ADU Checklist – Residential May 17, 2022 PDF (234 KB)
ADU/JADU Building Requirements April 24, 2024 PDF (172 KB)
All Electric Construction Requirements September 6, 2023 PDF (199 KB)
Alternate Materials Or Methods of Construction Application January 24, 2024 PDF (263 KB)
As Built Plan Check and Inspections March 17, 2022 PDF (229 KB)
Building Height Calculation Handout April 9, 2020 PDF (286 KB)
CALGreen Building Design and Construction Verification January 10, 2024 PDF (235 KB)
Carbon Monoxide Alarms April 11, 2022 PDF (217 KB)
Certificate of Occupancy April 6, 2023 PDF (243 KB)
Change in Use or Occupancy Classification May 17, 2023 PDF (199 KB)
Construction Drawings General Information June 1, 2022 PDF (226 KB)
Construction Info – Residential January 16, 2024 PDF (268 KB)
Construction Waste Management Form February 20, 2024 PDF (368 KB)
Contractor Disclosure – Building Permit (required) June 20, 2023 PDF (291 KB)
Cool Roofs Requirements February 20, 2020 PDF (228 KB)
Cost Recovery Form March 31, 2020 PDF (168 KB)
Disability Access Requirements & Resources May 6, 2020 PDF (91 KB)
Electric Vehicle Charger Checklist April 4, 2023 PDF (345 KB)
Electronic File Preparation Standards September 13, 2023 PDF (380 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 April 4, 2023 PDF (226 KB)
Gas Pressure Tests – Information March 30, 2022 PDF (218 KB)
General Plan Amendment Application Checklist April 9, 2020 PDF (214 KB)
Generator Handout October 23, 2020 PDF (39 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)
Impact and Capacity Fee Refund June 11, 2019 PDF (101 KB)
Lighting Standards – Residential January 24, 2024 PDF (1.7 MB)
Lot Line Adjustment/Merger Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (250 KB)
Minimum Construction Drawings Requirements January 11, 2024 PDF (231 KB)
Owner/Builder Disclosure – Building Permit (required) June 20, 2023 PDF (303 KB)
Parcel and Subdivision Maps Application Checklist April 9, 2020 PDF (273 KB)
Parcel or Subdivision Checklist May 16, 2019 PDF (448 KB)
Permit Checklist – Commercial April 4, 2023 PDF (236 KB)
Permit Checklist – Residential March 15, 2022 PDF (223 KB)
Permit Extension Request December 11, 2023 PDF (294 KB)
PEX Use Requirements February 20, 2020 PDF (206 KB)
Planning Fee Schedule July 1, 2023 PDF (236 KB)
Planning General Application June 25, 2023 PDF (133 KB)
Pre-Manufactured Building Information February 6, 2019 PDF (117 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 April 22, 2024 PDF (433 KB)
Residential Replacement Windows May 19, 2022 PDF (260 KB)
Resubmittal of Plans Guidelines August 28, 2023 PDF (183 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 (362 KB)
SPAR Parking Standards April 9, 2020 PDF (705 KB)
SPAR Trash Enclosure Standards April 9, 2020 PDF (537 KB)
Special Inspection and Testing Procedure September 27, 2023 PDF (451 KB)
Special Inspection Approved Agencies May 14, 2024 PDF (699 KB)
Special Inspector Application February 1, 2021 PDF (196 KB)
Specific Plan/Zoning Amendment Application Checklist June 12, 2019 PDF (219 KB)
Submittal, Resubmittal, Revision Cover Sheet Checklist – REQUIRED document March 20, 2024 PDF (285 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 November 14, 2022 PDF (260 KB)
Variance Application Checklist April 9, 2020 PDF (223 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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