How do I apply for a building permit?
To obtain your building permit(s), you, your contractor or designer must submit plans for plan review to the City's Building and Safety Division. The type of plans required and the level of detail will depend upon the scope of work proposed. When plans are required, it is advisable to have an experienced design professional assist you. Plans for non-structural alterations, such as door and window replacements, can be drawn by the contractor, but projects that may seem simple on the surface may involve detailing and specification requiring special training and expertise. For projects involving structural modifications, plans and calculations must be submitted for plan review. A plan check fee will be collected. The first plan check review takes two weeks. You or your contractor/designer will be provided a list of corrections to be made to the plans. After the plans are revised, please have them resubmitted for verification that the revisions have been made. We offer appointments to assist and expedite the second review of the plans. For non-structural modifications, an over the counter permit can sometimes be obtained by the licensed contractor or by the lessee.

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1. What requires a permit?
2. What should I do before obtaining a building permit?
3. What are the costs associated with the issuance of a permit and inspections?
4. How do I apply for a building permit?
5. Will I need Fire Department approval?
6. Will I need any other permits?
7. Must I make accessibility upgrades to an existing building?
8. How do I know if my driveway, sidewalks, or utilities are adequate or need improving?
9. Will a grease interceptor be required for my restaurant?
10. If I hire a contractor, how do I make sure they are licensed?
11. Are inspections required?