Building & Safety

Building & Safety

General Tips

How long does it take to get a permit?

Permit issuance periods vary. Some projects can be fully permitted over-the-counter, meaning a return trip won’t be needed. Some projects, however, require that plans be left for additional review. Traditionally, tenant improvement projects require 10 working days for the review.

How long is a permit good for?

A building permit is valid for 180 days after it is issued. In addition, a 180 day extension may be granted by the Building Official. In most cases, a permit will not be expired unless the applicant has failed to call for an inspection and show progress on the project for a 360 day period. Once a permit is expired, you may be required to begin the permit process from the beginning and pay all of the applicable fees again, so it is wise to avoid permit expiration.

What agencies or departments will need to review my plans?

Other government agencies may need to review and approve your project. For example, septic systems require County Health Department approval as well as City approval. After your plans have been submitted, the City will route a set to each of the various City agencies that are required to review them. This is why we require that you submit multiple sets of plans. Learn more about the Plan Review Process.

What is a Certificate of Occupancy?

Certificate of Occupancy is a legal document that is issued by the Building and Safety Division which certifies that a specific building has been inspected by all necessary City Departments and that it complies with the applicable regulations. A Certificate of Occupancy is generally issued to the building, not the tenant. As such, a new certificate of occupancy is not always required as new tenants occupy an existing building. Certificates of Occupancy are not required for single family dwellings. When a building project is completed, and all of the required Departments have granted a final approval for the project, the Building and Safety Division will print out a Certificate and mail it to the permit applicant.

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