Obtaining a Permit

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Please note the Building Division is still accepting applications for permits during the City Hall Closure.

Applications for New Projects and Resubmittal of Existing Projects are required to be Submitted Digitally through the Web Portal. This Web Portal enables the City to process your application digitally from start to finish without needing to visit us at City Hall. Applicants can apply from anywhere 24/7, monitor the status of the application, and receive notifications via email as the application is reviewed and processed. 

Web Portal Step-by-Step User Guide (PDF)

Online Permitting Web Portal (Link)

Can I still submit applications in person? At this time No – If you have further questions or need additional information please give us a call at (760) 777-7125, via email at, or by going to the COVID 19 Resources & Information Page on the City Website.


When requesting an inspection using either of the two options below, please let us know if there are additional safety measures being performed at the job site so that we can be prepared or require alternate accommodations. Building Permits are required to construct, modify, remove, improve, repair or alter residential and commercial structures.  This includes everything from erecting new residential and commercial structures to building garden walls, firepits and patio covers to replacing windows, water heaters and air conditioning units.  Building permits are required prior to starting any work whether you are a contractor or the home owner and intend to complete the work yourself.


Building permits and fees vary in cost and scope based on the type of construction proposed.  Exemptions apply to some construction projects. 

For more information about building permits and fees, visit the Building Division at the Design and Development Department from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays or call (760) 777-7125.

For more information for contractors and homeowners, visit the Contractors State License Board website.