Residential Building Permits

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Residential building permits cover projects involving one- and two-family dwellings. (See commercial building permits for projects involving multifamily-residential buildings that contain more than two residential units.)

Before you begin any construction project, check with us to see if a permit is required. In general, construction projects where a building or structure is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished require a permit.

We also offer an Earthquake Home Retrofit Program to assist you in upgrading the structural safety of your wood-framed house.

Explore our residential building permits

  • New House or Large Addition
    Construction of a new single family residence or an addition greater than 3,000 gross square feet of new and/or replaced floor area. (BS)
     
  • Addition - less than 3,000 square feet
    The addition of less than 3,000 square feet of attached floor space to an existing dwelling or the addition of a deck, as well as all buildings and structures not attached to the house. (BR)
     
  • Remodel with Structural Work
    Any change within an existing dwelling that does not increase the area and roof sheathing that is being replaced or altered. (BU)
     
  • Remodel without Structural Work
    Non-structural work that does not increase the area or height of an existing building. This permit usually does not require plan review and can be issued the same day. (BT)
     
  • Demolition
    Demolition of the whole or part of any permanent structure, including a house, garage or storage shed. (BE)

Overview

The purpose of a building permit is to ensure that construction projects are aligned with local, state, and federal codes, ultimately ensuring that minimum safeguards for public and private health, safety and welfare are met.

Examples of projects that require a building permit include:

  • Building a new house
  • Adding on a deck that is taller than 30 inches above grade
  • Enclosing a carport or garage
  • Changing the pitch of a roof

Examples of projects that do not require a building permit:

  • Painting or installing tile, carpeting, cabinets or counter tops
  • Building a detached storage shed (less than 200 square feet)
  • Building a fence up to eight feet in height
  • Adding on a deck that is less than 30 inches above grade
  • Installing a retaining wall less than four feet in height

Contact

Permit Processing
for Permit and Fee Information
Telephone
Business Hours
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays