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Apply for a Building Permit

Different types of project types require different permit services. To identify the right permit service for your project, find the project type below that matches your project. Then, click on the bar for additional information, required forms, and for direction on how to apply for your building permit. Information on applying for changes to an issued permit and directions for submitting deferred submittals are provided as well.

 

Use the ePlan Review online permit service. 

 

 

Use the Over-the-Counter (OTC) permit service for projects involving multiple trades with no alteration of walls. Common projects that use the OTC service are re-roofs with no structural changes, window replacements, and kitchen or bath remodels.   If you need assistance submitting a single-trade project that otherwise would be submitted through ePermit because you are a General Contractor holding a B-license, or for any other reason, you may use the OTC service.

** Solar, generator, and electrical vehicle charging system projects are NOT eligible for OTC permits and must use ePlan Review. Some projects located in the coastal zone appeal jurisdiction area may not be eligible for this type of processing.**

 

Once you have an ePermit account, use ePermit to apply and print your permit. Examples of common ePermits are water heaters, service panel upgrades, siding, mechanical permits, and re-roofs with no structural changes. 

*General Contractors holding a B-license are are limited to certain types of ePermits: windows, siding, and sheetrock only, but may use the OTC service for other permit types (see above).*

*Combination mechanical, electrical, plumbing permits, which are often used for kitchen and bathroom remodels, cannot be processed through ePermit. Please schedule an appointment for an OTC permit.*

*For parcels with Code Cases, Service Requests, or a location in a Flood Zone, use the OTC permit service.*

*Solar, generators, and electric vehicle charging stations cannot be processed using ePermit or OTC. Please submit plans using the ePlan Review portal (see above).*

  • No plans required.
  • Create an ePermit account here. Please allow 7-10 days for processing.
  • You will be required to pay online and download your own permit card.
 

Changes to issued building permits are submitted through ePlan Review. A project must be at the inspection stage and not yet complete to be eligible for a construction change. Construction changes are limited to changes that do not require a change to the project description. 

Changes to issued building permits are submitted in the way:

  1. Go to the ePlan website and click the “Create Project” at the top of your page.
  1. Select “Building” from the dropdown menu and type-in an appropriate name.
  1. Select “CCD – Construction Change Document” from the dropdown menu.
  1. Create a new APP file that includes:
  • PLG-230 as the cover page.
  • PLG-205 as the application form. Please reference the old permit number in the top corner, and clearly list all the new changes in the scope of work (items removed, added, etc.).
  • Make sure this file is bookmarked, fit to page, no layers, etc.
  1. Create a new PLN file that includes:
  • Only the sheets that have changes. You do not need to submit the entire set, only the affected pages.
  • Make sure the files are 12" x 18" min, bookmarked, fit to page, no layers.
  1. Create a new SUP file (if necessary) that includes:
  • PLG-235 must be the cover page.
  • Only include the sheets that have changes. You do not need to submit the entire set, only the affected pages.
  • Make sure this file is bookmarked, fit to page, no layers.
  • NOTE: if you are not changing anything in the SUP file, there is no need to upload anything.
 

Deferred Submittals are defined as portions of the design that are not submitted for review at the time of the initial permit application. Common deferred submittals include solar photovoltaic systems, prefabricated roof trusses, prefabricated stairs, and mechanical duct layout.

Deferred submittals are submitted in the following way:

  1. Go to the ePlan website and log-in.
  • Click the “Create Project” at the top your page.
  • Select “Building” from the dropdown menu and type-in an appropriate name.
  • Select “DEF – Deferred Submittal” from the dropdown menu.
  1. Create a new APP file that includes:
  • PLG-230 as the cover page.
  • PLG-206 as the deferred submittal form.  Please reference the issued permit number in the top corner, and clearly identify the deferred submittal items and relevant information.
  • NOTE: for roof trusses, please have the engineer of record review and provide a stamped letter as part of the uploaded files.
  • Make sure this file is bookmarked, fit to page, no layers, etc.
  1. Create a new PLN file (if necessary) that includes:
  • Only the new sheets related to the deferred submittal.
  • Make sure the files are 18" x 24" min, bookmarked, fit to page, no layers.
  • NOTE: Solar applications can be 11" x 17".

Questions? 

If you have questions about which permit service is right for your project or the submittal requirements for your project, please email our staff or make an appointment.