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Beginner's Guide to New Residential Projects

Whether you are a local resident or an outside developer, this guide will help you get started on your new residential project in the City of Modesto. 

PLEASE NOTE: Every project is different and the process you go through may vary slightly from what is presented in this guide. The information provided in this guide is for general reference only.

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 everything is ok, you can proceed as directed by our staff, generally moving on to Step Two on this page.  If your project requires special handling, our staff will inform you of the requirements and next steps.

For more information:

  • View Zoning Information & Process

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Building Plan Review   After the Planning review process has been completed, building plans can be submitted for review.

Building Plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets minimum life safety requirements. Depending upon the type of project, and the complexity of construction, our staff will examine your plans for conformance to these requirements.

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.

For more information:

  • View New One Story Homes
  • View New Two Story Homes

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Development Permits   The Permit Process ensures that you comply with the codes, which have been adopted by the City Council and incorporated in the City of Modesto Ordinances.

Once your application and detailed plans are submitted and pre-plan check fees are paid, the Building Safety Division will review your application. You will be notified if any modifications are required.

At this point, you will need to pay any necessary fees.  Once paid, your building permits will be issued.

For more information:

  • View Building Permit Information



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Building 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.

For more information:

  • View Inspection Information

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Project Completion   Upon final approval, your permit will be passed and closed.

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

This information does not cover all circumstances. Please contact the Building Safety Division for information: (209) 577-5232


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