Western Joshua Tree Development Advisory
The Development Department is responsible for all aspects of private development including land use and building standards, permitting, business license, code enforcement and animal control.
The various divisions of the Development Department work together, through our
Permit Center, to offer comprehensive development services to private developers, business owners, property owners, and residents alike, providing a "one stop shop" for an efficient customer experience.
Does someone need to be at the job site for the building inspection?
On minor residential projects such as patio covers, decks and re-roofs where the work can be inspected without entering the occupied portion of the house or garage, the inspection can be performed without the owner or contractor at the job site. If you choose not to be at the job site, be sure to allow access to the area to be inspected, provide a ladder if needed to access the area to be inspected, and make sure that dogs and other animals are secured. In the case of larger projects where the Building Inspector will need to enter the home,
an adult aged 18 or older, must be present during the inspection.
How will I know if my building inspection was approved or failed?
Immediately upon completion of the inspection (either approved or failed), inspection results are emailed to the contacts on the building permit. If the inspection is failed, the email notification will include the reasons the inspection was failed.
What paperwork am I required to leave on the job site for the Building Inspector?
The Building Inspector will need the approved plans and permit in order to perform the inspection. However, now that all plans are submitted digitally, the Building Inspector has access to all documents from his tablet while he is in the field. If you would like a physical permit or job card signed by the inspector, please be sure to leave the printed copy at the job site.
Which other departments or agencies will review my plans?
Depending on the scope of work, other City departments or outside agencies may be required to review your plans. For example, plan submittals for restaurants require San Bernardino County Health Department approval in addition to City approval. Your plan checker will be able to direct you to any outside agencies that are required to review your plans. Generally, if your plans require review by another City department, the Development Department will route your plans to those departments on your behalf. If a separate submittal to another City department is required, your Plan Checker will advise you of that process.
What do I do if my building permit is about to expire or has already expired?
If your building permit is about to expire and you would like to required additional time to complete your project, please complete a
Request for Permit Extension and submit to our office for review. If a building permit does expire, you may be required to begin the permit process again, including paying all applicable fees. If your permit has already expired, contact the Building Division at (760) 955-5100 for more information. More FAQs