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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.

Building permit applications can be submitted online at the Citizen Self Service Portal, CSS.  It typically takes 5 to 10 business days to process a permit application.  If no review is required, permit application will be processed for issuance and a permit fee will be invoiced for the permit application.  If review is required, plan check fees will be invoiced for the permit.  Plans will be routed for review once plan check fees are paid, the plans are routed for review.  Within 10 business days after plans are routed for review, 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.