Other than a few items that are exempt, a building permit is required to construct, install, alter, repair, relocate or demolish any building or structure such as a garage, patio, retaining wall, swimming pool, roofing, windows, etc. Please see section 105.2 of the Municipal Code for items that are exempt from building permits.
Electrical permit is required to install, alter, repair, relocate or remove a lighting fixture, an electrical equipment or appliance, etc.
Mechanical permit for heating, air conditioning, commercial hoods, exhaust fans, etc.
Plumbing permit for water heaters, water closets, sinks, etc.
A separate permit is required for each building, with the exception that a single-family house and its detached garage may be covered in one permit. A "building permit" does not include the associated electrical, mechanical or plumbing permits. These trade permits, however, may be bundled with a building permit and become a "combo permit" all together.
A separate Grading Permit is required from the Public Works Department if the cut and fill of grade adjustment exceed 50 cubic yards.
Fire-sprinkler or fire-alarm systems require separate permits from Fire Prevention.
Examples of Work
These are the kinds of work that require a permit include: