A building permit is required when you add structures to your property or physically change your property. Some typical work requiring a permit would be:
a new building or structure
addition to a house
kitchen or bathroom remodels
new, relocated or replacement of lighting fixture(s)
new, relocated or replacement water heater, furnace, or air conditioner
new or relocated ceiling fan(s)
photoelectric solar energy producing systems and components
installing built-in microwave
new or relocated laundry facilities
new, relocated or replacement of hard-wired electrical appliances, such as stoves or ovens
new, relocated or replacement of any gas-fired appliance
adding a skylight with associated framing.
new buildings or structures
tenant improvements and alterations
changes in use (from office to restaurant, for example)
ADA compliance upgrades
new, relocated, or replaced HVAC systems, including equipment and associated piping, ducting and electrical
new or relocated plumbing fixtures, such as toilets, lavatories, urinals, and drinking fountains.
new, relocated, or replaced restaurant equipment, including cooking equipment, hoods, sinks, etc.
The above list is not meant to be a complete list, but only representative of the work which requires a permit.
Who can take out (sign for) a permit?
Permit issuance requires the signature of the legal property owner or a California licensed contractor. An agent for either party may sign for a permit, provided the agent submits written authorization from the owner or contractor with the permit application. A letter of authorization must be submitted to the Permit Clerk prior to issuance.