Building Permits

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Building Permit Application Options

  • Building permit applications are not accepted online.
  • Certain types of applications may be submitted via email or fax. See below for more information.
  • Applications not listed below must be submitted in person at City Hall during normal business hours. Please contact the Building Division if you would like to submit via our secure locker system rather than visiting City Hall.
  • All applications must include completed application forms with required signatures.

Apply Via Email or Fax - Licensed Contractors Only

  • Licensed contractors are able to email or fax a permit application for certain projects listed below.
  • Permit by Email or Fax Application is required.
  • Applications and plans may be emailed to or faxed to (805) 449-2575.
  • Please remember, an application is not a permit! You may not begin work until a permit has been provided to you by the City.

Applications via email or fax are accepted for the following types of applications ONLY:

  • Replacement of water heaters and plumbing fixtures such as toilets and sinks
  • Repair or replacement of gas, water, or sewer lines
  • Replacement of electric services up to and including 200 amps
  • Minor electrical work such as adding outlets, switches, or light fixtures.
  • Installation or replacement of furnaces and HVAC units in existing dwellings
    • For A/C installation/changeout, you must submit a site plan showing the equipment location with lot dimensions and unit distance from property line
  • Reroofs
  • Small Solar PV with plans, specifications and calculations, if needed (see Solar PV page for more information)
  • EV Charging Station (see EV Charger Station page for more information)
  • Window change outs
  • Retrofits with NO structural elements (with floor plan and window change out worksheet)
  • Residential remodels involving NO structural elements (with floor plan and/or site plan)

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.)

Payment for Permit:

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) 449-2320 or 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.