When is a Building Permit Required?

When is a building permit required?

A building permit is required whenever you are constructing, moving, altering, converting, improving, repairing or demolishing a structure in any area of the City.It applies to work on the interior as well as exterior of the structure.

Permits are required for the following projects:

    • New Construction 
    • Tenant Improvements 
    • Additions and Alterations 
    • Room Conversions
    • Garage Conversions 
    • Carports (Commercial)
    • Patio Covers (Solid or Lattice)
    • Patio Enclosures 
    • New Fireplace 
    • New Swimming Pools or Spa
    • New doors or windows (including any window or change outs)
    • Relocation of interior walls 
    • Storage sheds over 120 square feet
    • New or alterations to any of the following: electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems

*This is a partial list, please contact the Building and Safety Department for a complete list at (626) 579-6540 Ext. 3246.



Permits are not required for the following projects: 

    • Painting of existing buildings 
    • New kitchen cabinets or change-out of existing cabinets on residential properties.
    • New wood flooring or carpets 
    • Storage sheds and detached structures under 120 square feet. However storage sheds are subject to setback requirements as set forth in Zoning Ordinance. Contact the Planning Department at (626) 579-6540 Ext. 3201 for more information.