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Building and Planning specialists staff the permit process center, designed to coordinate the permit approval process while ensuring a high degree of customer service for all development permit activities. Located at the public counter, customers can complete their business related to permit issuance in a central location. Staff provides assistance with building applications, plan submittals, permits and zoning information for residential and commercial improvements. Department handouts and permit application forms are also available in-person and online.

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Option for Licensed Contractors: Permit by EMAIL or FAX Application

Licensed contractors are able to email or fax a permit application for minor residential projects and receive a permit via mail. Complete the Permit by Email or Fax Application and return it via email or fax to:  building@toaks.org or (805) 449-2575.  (Please remember, an application for a permit is not a permit! The permit will be valid only when the applicant has received it.)

EMAIL or FAX applications will be accepted for:

  • Replacement of water heaters and plumbing fixtures (i.e., water closets, sinks, etc.)
  • Repair or replacement of gas, water, or sewer lines.
  • Replacement of electric services up to and including 200 amp. Minor electrical work (i.e., additional outlets, lights, etc.).
  • Installation or replacement of furnaces and HVAC units in existing dwellings.  For A/C installation/changeout, it is required that you provide a site plan showing the air conditioner location with lot dimensions and unit distance from property line.

The Building Division will attempt to have the permit processed within two business day provided the request is received during normal work hours. (Issued permits are returned via mail or held for pick-up upon request.)

Payments for Permit by EMAIL or FAX:

Prior to permit issuance, you must pay all associated fees. You can pay your fees by Visa or Mastercard online at CLICK-TO-GOV.  Search by either application (permit) number or property address, to find any associated fees.  Once paid, contact City staff at (805) 449-2500 to complete the permit process. Issued permits are returned via mail or held for pick-up upon request.

NOTE: For your security, do not write your credit card information on the application.