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.
Can I submit paper plans at the Building Department counter?
The City now processes all permits (from plan review through inspections) online. Please visit the City's Citizen Self Service Portal to register for an account and submit your plans online. You may also bring a digital copy of your plans (on a CD or flash drive) to complete a digital submission at the Building Department counter during normal business hours (Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday 8am-4pm).
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 do I apply for a building permit?
Building permits can be applied for online. Just visit the City's Citizen Self Service Portal to apply for any building permit, or to apply for your online account.
How do I check the status of my plan review?
Plan review status can be checked online through the City's Citizen Self Service Portal. Just login and choose the permit that is in plan review to view the current status.
How do I know when the Building Inspector will arrive at my scheduled inspection?
Building inspections are conducted Monday-Friday in the morning between the hours of 8:00am-12:00pm, or the afternoon between the hours of 1:00pm-5:00pm. Inspections are scheduled online through the City's Citizen Self Service Portal, where you will be able to choose both the date and time frame (AM or PM) for your inspection.
How do I resubmit corrected or revised plans online?
All plans are submitted electronically through the City's Citizen Self Service Portal. Just login, choose the permit requiring a resubmission of plans and click on Attachments to upload your corrected or revised plans. As soon as the plans are uploaded, click the Submit button and your plan checker will receive notification that the plans have been resubmitted.
How do I schedule a Building inspection?
If you already have an issued building permit, any building inspection can be scheduled online through the City's Citizen Self Service Portal. Just login and choose the permit needing an inspection, then choose the inspection type requested as well as your date and time preferences. This website can be used 24/7 to schedule any building inspection, from pools to fences to new commercial construction, for property owners and contractor alike. Building inspections are conducted Monday-Friday either in the morning between the hours of 8:00am-12:00pm, or the afternoon between the hours of 1:00pm-5:00pm.
How long is a building permit valid?
Building permits are valid for 365 days from the date issued. Typically, a permit will not be expired unless the applicant has failed to schedule an inspection and show progress on the project. If an extension is needed, a Request for Permit Extension can be filled out and submitted to the Building & Fire Official for review. The Building & Fire Official may grant an extension of a period up to 180 days. If a permit does expire, you may be required to begin the permit process again, including paying all applicable fees, so it is wise to avoid permit expiration.
How long will it take to approve my building plans?
The first building plan review takes approximately 2-3 weeks and plans are reviewed in the order they are received. However, projects of a minor nature may be expedited. Plans submitted for a subsequent review, or plans submitted with revisions or changes, are reviewed within approximately 1 week.
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 are the public counter hours for the Building Division?
The Building Department counter is open during normal City Hall hours, Monday-Thursday from 8am to 5pm, Fridays from 8am to 4pm. The counter does not close for lunch.
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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.