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Due to California’s stay-at-home order, only electronic submission can be reviewed at this time.  All new submittals and resubmittals must be submitted through the City’s Electronic Plan Check (EPC) system. For a complete list of services during this time please visit our online services page. 

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Plan Review 

Plan review is the first step of the permitting process. Whether the project is a homeowner converting a garage or a developer constructing a high rise, the plan review team reviews each project for safety. As part of the plan review, staff checks property line setbacks and height requirements..

Plans must be clear and drawn to scale in order to show code compliance. They may be prepared by the owner, architect, engineer, draftsperson or designer. Depending on the complexity of the project, a licensed California architect or engineer may be required to prepare the plans.

 

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READY FOR SUBMISSION
DURING PLAN REVIEW

Frequently Asked Questions

Al Fresco Dining - do I need a building permit or plans?

 The building division guidelines and FAQs for Al Fresco dining can be found here.

What should I look for when preparing plans?

Click here for more information.

How long does the plan review process take?

The process depends on the size of the project, whether it is a new project, a remodel, an addition, etc. Projected turnaround can be found here.

When are plans required?

There are very few exceptions when plans are not required for commercial building projects; however, not all residential permit applications require plans. The table gives a basic outline of what is required for most residential permits.

  • What is evaluated when a plan is submitted?

Plan reviewers evaluate plans and supplemental files for minimum compliance with applicable Federal, State, and City codes, laws and ordinances.

Plans can be prepared and designed by an engineer or architect licensed by the State of California.  For more details, click here.

What other reviews should I know about? 

Depending on your project, it may be reviewed by other departments.  To learn more about development review, click here