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Do I Need a Permit?

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As a help to property owners, the City has compiled a list of some typical home improvement projects that require permits.  Please keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list.  If the work you would like to do is not listed here, please contact the Building Division at (760) 955-5100 to inquire about permit requirements.

  • Additions or alterations to existing mechanical, plumbing, or electrical
  • Decks/balconies, over 30" in height
  • Demolition of buildings (both interior and exterior demolition)
  • Fences, over 3' in height, or 18" in front yard
  • Garage conversions
  • Gazebos, over 120 square feet
  • Guest houses
  • Installation of new HVAC unit(s)
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Mobile home carport, awning
  • Mobile home set down
  • New garages or carports
  • Patio covers, if attached or over 120 square feet
  • Patio enclosures
  • Re-roofing over 1 square (100 square feet)
  • Retaining or garden walls, over 18" in height, or 30" in height with no footing
  • Room additions
  • Septic tank replacement
  • Sewer hookup
  • Slab with footings (residential on-site flat concrete work such as sidewalks or driveways do not require permits; for curb-cutting or driveway approaches visit the Engineering Division for more information)
  • Storage sheds, over 120 square feet
  • Swimming pools or spas, 18" deep or deeper
  • Water heater installations/change-outs
  • Upgrading or relocating electrical services