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Typically, a building permit application is submitted to the Building and Safety Services Division.  Upon receiving the application, the plans are routed to three City divisions to conduct plan check reviews: 

  1. Planning for Zoning Code compliance, including, administrative architectural review by Planning staff. More substantial projects may require Architectural Review Board review and approval.

  2. Building and Safety for Building Code compliance.

  3. Engineering for Engineering code compliance. 

If an applicant is within an area with a Home Owner’s Association, the applicant is encouraged to obtain any necessary reviews or approvals prior to building permit issuance.  The City does not enforce Homeowner Association (HOA) standards however failure to comply with required CC&R’s can result in substantial delays and the potential for litigation by the HOA.   Within 10 business days, plan check comments (if any) are provided back to the applicant for them to address.  Once the applicant addresses all the plan check comments to the satisfaction of all three Divisions and has paid all plan check and permit fees, the building permit is ready for issuance.  After the permit is issued, the applicant begins construction and a series of inspections are made by the City to make sure the project plans are being adhered to.  When construction is completed, a final inspection is required and the permit is signed-off provided the project has been built in accordance to the approved plans.

The following timeframes are based on first plan check submittals. Please contact Building and Safety Services for expedited review.

Click on each category to see the processing timelines:

Over the Counter Permits - Same Day

Planning Division

  • Landscape Improvements
  • Window Replacement
  • Skylights
  • Solar Panels
  • Residential re-roof- No pitch change
  • Commercial Tenant Improvements - No Change from Existing use - no exterior alterations.
  • Residential Alterations
  • Residential Siding Repair
  • Signs associated with an approved Master Sign Program

Building Division

  • All applications not requiring plan review
  • Minor residential alterations
  • Sign Permits – not requiring engineering review
  • Solar Panels
  • Residential skylights
  • Individual plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits
  • Fireplace repair
  • Termite repair – in like kind
  • Kitchen remodel not removing or altering bearing walls
  • Bathroom remodel not removing or altering bearing walls

Engineering Department

  • Encroachment Permits – not requiring site visit
  • Transportation Permits

 

 

24-Hour Review

 

Drop-off Permits

  • Water heaters
  • Termite work – in-like kind, no expansion
  • Repair – in-like kind
  • Single item appliance replacement (e.g., HVAC)

 

 

One Day Review

 

Planning & Building Division

  • Plan checks requiring not more than 30 minutes to review

 

 

Three Day Review

 

Planning Division

  • Major Residential alterations not requiring ARB review
  • Minor development permits associated with discretionary approval

Engineering Division

  • Encroachment permits, involving site visits
  • Routine residential additions up to 200 square feet
  • Routine retaining walls
  • Residential landscape
  • Routine drainage permits
  • Retaining Walls

 

 

Ten Day Review

 

Planning Division

  • Major Exterior Commercial Alterations
  • Major permits associated with discretionary approvals
  • New single family residence after ARB approval

Building Division

  • Residential Construction
  • Commercial Construction

Engineering Division

  • All applications not done in three day review
  • Retaining walls requiring grading permits
  • Large residential additions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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