Why do I need a permit?
The purpose of a building permit is to control the type of construction and use of property. Building permits are based on the California Building Codes, adopted to protect health, general welfare, and the investment in property. Evidence of a building permit is often necessary to obtain financing.

Many permits also require review by the Planning Division. The Planning Division reviews the height, size, and occupancy type of your project, as well as neighborhood concerns.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. When is a permit required?
3. What is exempt from a permit?
4. How do I obtain a building permit?
5. What is the permit process?
6. When are building plans required?
7. How does the plan check process work?
8. How do I get my plans checked or reviewed?
9. Do I need an Engineer or Architect?
10. May I do the work myself?
11. How do I know which materials are approved for construction?
12. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Mechanical Permit
13. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Plumbing Permit?
14. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Electrical Permit?
15. Are there any recycling or waste reduction requirements associated when applying for a building permit?