What documents are required for a permit application?

Three sets of plans, drawn to scale, are required which include the following items (This may not be a complete list. Other departments may be involved. Additional items may be required):

  • All plans for commercial projects and multifamily dwellings must show compliance with California Disabled Access Regulations. All required access features, with dimensions, shall be clearly indicated on the plans. Certain items must also be addressed when additions, alterations or structural repairs are proposed as well.
  • A complete electrical plan. (Residential plans must also show the locations of all required smoke detectors.)
  • A complete plumbing and mechanical plan is required for most commercial projects, but not for residential projects unless unusual construction is proposed.
  • Contractors must provide Worker’s Compensation Insurance information and a valid Contractor’s License.
  • A floor plan showing all walls, doors, windows, and the use of each room. Critical dimensions shall be indicated. Structural plans which include:
    • Cross-section(s)
    • Details of critical connections
    • Floor framing plan
    • Foundation plan
    • Roof framing plan or truss layout
    • Statement of special inspections (if special inspections are required)
    • Wall framing plan including required wall bracing
  • Other information is required such as names and addresses of the owner, contractor, engineer/architect, and the applicant.
  • A site plan showing the location of all property lines and existing and proposed structures. The use of each structure and the distances between them and to the property lines must also be indicated. An arrow indicating "North" is also required.
  • Two sets of (Title 24) Energy Documentation (if required).
  • Two sets of structural calculations are required for most commercial projects and for all projects that are considered non-conventional construction. Unless specifically indicated otherwise by the Building Official, structural calculations shall include a complete vertical and lateral All construction requirements shown in the calculations shall be reflected on the plans. All structural calculations shall be stamped and signed by a qualified architect or engineer licensed by the State of California.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. How does the permit application process work?
3. What documents are required for a permit application?
4. What if something is built without a permit?
5. When is a building permit required?
6. When is a building permit not required?
7. Why should I get a building permit?