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City of Modesto :: Development Center :: New Commercial Projects


Commercial: New Construction

Dept/Div. Contact:  Building Safety - (209) 577-5232

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Description:  Before developing a parcel of land, you will need to determine if the parcel is zoned for your desired use or if there are any special development considerations for your project.

Examples: If you are planning an office building, you will need to make sure that the lot you are intending to build on is appropriate for an office based on zoning and other requirements.

PROCESS OVERVIEW:

Determine Zoning

Before developing a parcel of land, you will need to determine if the parcel is zoned for your desired use or if there are any special development considerations for your project.

The Planning Division will be able to tell you the zoning of the property or if there are any special considerations for your project.  If your project requires special handling, our staff will inform you of the requirements and next steps.

Who to contact:

Please provide:

If your proposed project meets the zoning requirements, you will typically follow the process given below.  If not, staff will inform you of your options.

Determine Special Requirements

Certain projects will have special requirements and need specific actions before submitting building plans.

Who to Contact:

Submit Building Plans

After the Planning review process has been completed, building plans can be submitted for review. Building Plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets basic life safety. Depending upon the type of project, and the complexity of construction, our staff will examine your plans for conformance to these requirements.

Where to submit plans:

Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor   [Directions]
(209) 577-5232

What to include:

For Building Review:

For Public Works Review:

For Landscape Review:

For Planning Review:

For Solid Waste Review:

 

Information/Forms: (#CP3A)

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Please NOTE: 

You will be required to pay a Pre-Plan Check Fee at this time.  Staff will inform you of the amount at the time you submit your building plans.

Please visit our 'Fees' page for current fees

Pay Fees

Once your plans are approved,  you will need to pay for any plan review costs, building permits or other fees that may apply to your project. 

Where to go:

Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5232

Information/Forms: (#CP3F)

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Get Permits

When your plans are approved and at the time you pay your fees, the Building Safety Division will issue the required permits for your project.

Schedule Inspections

Before covering up or building over any permitted work, you will need to call and request an inspection. Inspections are required to ensure that all work was completed correctly, based on building and safety codes currently in effect.

If an encroachment permit was required for your project, schedule off-site inspections with the Public Works Department at (209) 342-2284.

How to schedule an inspection 

Completion

After your final inspection, your project will be considered complete.

 

Related Forms & Handouts (#CP3)

These documents are provided in PDF Format. You must have a PDF viewer in order to open these documents. Click here for the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

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Have Questions?

Contact the Building Safety Division at (209) 577-5232.

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