Are any projects exempt from a Building Permit?
Small home improvement projects which do not alter the structure or involve new electrical or plumbing may not require a Building Permit. Examples include painting, flooring, and fences not over 6 feet in height. In some instances, small sheds or playhouses may be exempt if they do not exceed 120 square feet in floor area. A full list of exemptions is available at
Building Division staff can help you determine if your project needs a permit. Please call (949)635-1800 x6101 or visit us during normal business hours.

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1. When is a Building Permit required?
2. Why is a Building Permit required?
3. Are any projects exempt from a Building Permit?
4. How do I get a Building Permit?
5. How much does a Building Permit cost?
6. Where do I get a Building Permit?
7. What is a Building Inspection?
8. How do I schedule a Building Inspection?
9. How do I know if my contractor is licensed?
10. How long is the plan check process?
11. What is my plan check status?
12. When does a Building Permit expire?
13. Where is the Building Department located and what are the hours?
14. Why do I need a permit to replace a water heater?
15. Can I use an existing slab when I'm building my new patio cover?
16. Do I need Energy Efficient lighting in my kitchen remodel?
17. Can we build a storage shed in our backyard?
18. Are Building Permits required for a retaining wall?
19. Does the City have sample plans to help me design my project?
20. What are the benefits to obtaining a Building Permit?
21. Why would a contractor tell me I don’t need a Building Permit when one is actually required?