Building Permits

When do I need a building permit?
A building permit is required whenever a structure or building is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, converted, or demolished.

For more information, contact the appropriate staff:
  • Inspections Requests - (626) 812-5234
  • Plan Review - (626) 812-5293
  • Building Inspectors:
    • John Georgino - (626) 812-5294
    • Tony Meyers -   (626) 812-5295
  • Building Technician:
    • Myrna Bohorquez - (626) 812-5234

Is there any work that is exempt from building permits?

A building permit is not required for the following:

  • One story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the projected floor area does not exceed 120 square feet
  • Fences not over 7' high
  • Movable cases, counters, and partitions not over 5'9" high.
  • Retaining walls which are not over 4' in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or III-A liquids
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1
  • Platforms, walks, and driveways not more than 30" above grade and not over any basement of story below
  • Painting, papering, and similar finish work
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of private residences or private garages when projecting not more than 54"
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a private residence in which the pool walls are entirely above grade and if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons.
Unless otherwise exempt, separate plumbing, electrical, and mechanical permits will be required for the above exempted items.

What is the cost of a building permit?
Building permit fees vary depending on the type and complexity of the project.

If you would like to find out what the Building permit cost will be for your construction project, call us or email us and we will be glad to give you a cost estimate.