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Almost all projects require permits. These include, but are not limited to, new structures, demolitions, additions, alterations, interior/exterior remodels, running new electrical, water or gas lines, repairs, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, pavilions, decks, carports, garages, docks, pools, foundation repairs, ADUs, and Junior ADUs, solar, energy storage systems, and backup generators.
Exemption from the permit requirements shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of any County code or ordinance. Please call us if you have any questions 925-655-2700.
The 2019 California Building Code allows for the following individuals to pull permits. This will be the permit APPLICANT
For more detailed information, please see our Who can Obtain a Building Permit (PDF).
Almost all projects require plans. These include, but are not limited to, new structures, demolitions, additions, alterations, interior/exterior remodels, running new electrical, water or gas lines, repairs, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, pavilions, decks, carports, garages, docks, pools, foundation repairs, ADUs, and Junior ADUs, solar, energy storage systems, and backup generators.
Important note: The Building Department conducts plan review and cannot give advice on how to create your plan. We recommend contacting licensed professionals when applicable.
Most projects will require Architectural, Structural, Electrical, and often Mechanical and Plumbing plans. Many details and calculations are also required, often these include structural and Title 24 energy calculations. Your design professional is the best resource to help you have a complete submittal.
Planning approval is required for the following:
The Planning Agency depends on where your property is located.
The County provides building permits for the following cities, but each city provides planning approval. Please contact the City's Planning department below for more information.
You will be required to upload the approved city planning application and approved plans in PDF format when you apply for a building permit on the ePermits Center.
You may need your plans to be reviewed and approved by planning, sanitation agency, fire, or public works prior to submitting your building permit application.
Please note that it is your responsibility to make sure you have approvals from all required agencies prior to submitting to the Building Department.
Fire department approval will be required if your project is for new residential buildings, new commercial buildings or any residential/commercial change of use.
In some cases, remodeling or adding an addition to an existing structure may also require fire department approval.
Contact your local Fire Department for their specific requirements and plan approval.
If your project is in the Unincorporated County and work is being done in the public right of way, contact CCC Public Works at 925-313-2000 for encroachment permit or other permit requirements.