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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I see copies of my home's plans?

    No, we do not maintain plan records for any residential structures in the City. We do, however, maintain building permit records for both residential and commercial construction.

  • Can I submit my plans for plan check through the mail?

    No, all plans must be submitted to the Building Division in person.
  • Can I view the permit history of a property online?

    No, unfortunately the Building Division is still in the process of digitizing our permit records. In the meantime you may come to the Community Development Department in City Hall to view our records on microfiche.
  • Can plan check be done over the counter?

    No, the Building Division does not do plan check over the counter. Plans will need to be submitted for plan check.

  • Do I need to hire someone to draw my plans for me?

    Most residential plans can be drawn by anyone, however commercial plans must be prepared by a licensed professional. To read more on the requirements for professional plan preparation, click here.
  • How can I check if my permit has been finaled?

    Your job card will have information on whether the permit is finaled, as well as the inspections you have passed.

  • How do I find out if my contractor is properly licensed?

    Contractors are licensed through the California State Licensing Board (CSLB). If you have a contractor's license number you may look it up on the CSLB website to verify their qualifications. Please note that a contractor will have a license classification associated with a specific trade.
  • How long does a plan check take?

    Residential plan checks typically take 5-10 business days, while commercial plan checks typically take 10-15 business days. We will call the applicant as soon as the plans have been processed.

  • How much will my building permit cost?

    Due to the nature of how permit costs are calculated, we are unable to provide an estimate unless further information is given (i.e.: job valuation, scope or work, etc.).

  • What documents do I need to submit for plan check?

    Most plan checks require three (3) sets of plans and two (2) sets of structural calculations (if applicable). Depending on the type of project, additional documents and information may be required. Note: All plans must be large enough to be clearly legible in detail and print.