How long does it take to get a permit?

That depends on the scope of the work. Permits that can be issued by fax or mail are generally issued on the same day. Some projects require approval either by the County Planning Division or City Planning Department and other agencies before the Building Inspection Division can proceed with the plan review. Then depending on the scope of the project, it may take anywhere from one day to several weeks depending on the amount of structural and non-structural review required. Minor projects that are usually issued either that day or the next day are: •Minor in-kind repairs due to damage caused by fire, termites, or deterioration •Minor interior alterations with no structural work •Plumbing, mechanical, or electrical repairs, change-outs, or alterations •Mobile homes Major Projects that may take up to several weeks to review are: •Changes in building use or occupancy •Major additions (greater than 50 percent of the existing structure) •Major structural work (seismic upgrades, major repairs, etc.) •Major tenant improvements •New residences in subdivisions with established master plans •Compliance with Title 24 energy documentation requirements

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1. When do I need a permit?
2. Where are the Building Permit Offices located?
3. Who may obtain a building permit?
4. How long does it take to get a permit?
5. How can a permit be obtained for a water heater that was replaced over the weekend, due to an emergency?
6. How do I get building records / plans for my residence?