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


Description:  Home remodels often require permits, from ceiling fans to structural changes. It is best to talk to our Building Safety Division to determine if you need any permits for your project.

Examples: Most kitchen and bathroom remodels require building permits. Building permits are required because remodeling a kitchen or bathroom often involves changes in the existing electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems and may cause alteration to the framing of the room. California Law mandates obtaining a building permit for this type of construction work.


This information is for remodeling only NOT for second story additions, for second story home information, please visit the 'Second Story Construction' page.


Determine Zoning

Before developing a parcel of land, you will need to determine if your property 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:

Planning Division at (209) 577-5267.

Please provide:

  • 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.

Submit Building Plans

Building Plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets minimum life safety requirements. Depending upon the type of project, and the complexity of construction, 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:

  • 1 Building permit application
  • 4 sets of complete building plans
  • 2 sets of State Energy forms (as applicable)
  • 1 set of scaled floor plans for the County Assessor
  • 2 sets of structural calculations (as applicable)

Information/Forms: (#RP4A)

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.

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

How Much:

Please visit our 'Fees' page for current fees

Get Permits

When your plans are approved and your fees have been paid, the Building Safety Division will issue the required permits for your project.

Schedule Inspections

Once the work permitted is completed, but 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

To schedule an inspection:  Visit our Building Inspection page


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

Related Forms & Handouts (#RP4)

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.


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

This page was updated on: Sunday, January 27, 2008 7:48:29 PM


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Information provided through the Development Center is for general reference and may not apply to your project,
please call (209) 577-5232 for more information.