Building Permits

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Effective May 23, 2022, Building and Safety Permit Counter hours are modified as follows:
Monday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Alternate Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed alternate Fridays)
*Planning and Public Works counters are open on Mondays 4-5 p.m. 


Building Permit Application Options

  • Some Building Permit applications may be submitted via email or fax. See below for more information.
  • All applications must include completed application forms with required signatures.

Applications via email or fax are accepted for the following types of residential 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
  • 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)

The Building Division will attempt to have the permit processed for the application types listed above as soon as possible, provided the request is received during normal business hours. 

Payment for Permit:

City staff will contact you for payment information.  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 (option 3) or to complete the permit process. Issued permits are for pick-up .  (We will no longer be mailing out permits unless there are extenuating circumstances and prior arrangements are made.)

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