Commercial Development : Tenant Improvements
Dept/Div. Contact: Building Safety -
Description: Interior remodeling of a commercial,
industrial or non-residential building is referred to as a tenant
improvement. Tenant improvement projects require permits for
building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing work. Other work
including signs, fire safety systems, storage areas, assembly areas, and
work involving hazardous materials may require additional permits.
Examples: If you are planning on adding or removing an
interior wall in your office building you will need a building
permit. 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.
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
Who to contact:
- Planning Division at (209) 577-5267.
- Assessor's Parcel Number (APN)
- Description of your proposed project
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:
- Public Works:
- Parks, Recreation & Neighborhoods: (209) 571-5573
Submit Building Plans
After the Planning review process has been completed, building plans can be submitted
for review. A licensed contractor can apply for and pull permits for commercial additions/alterations.
If you do not have a licensed contractor, the Disclosures & Forms for Owner-Builders Applying for
Construction Permits (below) must be filled out and signed by the owner of the building and a copy
provided at the time of application. Often, depending upon the type of project and the complexity
of construction, plans are required to be stamped by a licensed professional. Our staff will
examine your plans for conformance to code requirements.
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What to include:
- 1 building permit application
- 7 sets of complete building plans for most TI's
(some TI's may require fewer sets)
- 1 completed Plan Check Submittal for Interior Remodels
- 1 set of State Energy forms
- 1 set of scaled floor plans for the County Assessor
- 2 sets of structural calculations
- 3 sets of landscape and irrigation plans including
- 1 completed Unreasonable Handicap Hardship form
- 1 completed Hazardous Materials Form
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.
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
After your final inspection, your project will be
Related Forms & Handouts
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Contact the Building Safety Division at (209) 577-5232.
This page was updated on: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:52:42 PM