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    Construction Permit Types

    A building permit gives you legal permission to construct, alter or add to a structure.  Projects usually require plans and specifications.  These are reviewed by a city plans examiner to determine compliance with applicable codes.  A building permit is important to you as both a resident and business owner, because building permits and the inspection process protect you from sub-standard construction that if failed could not only decrease your property value, but bring harm to family, customers, or yourself.

    In the city of Pasadena, you are required to have a building permit for most construction projects. Even those items that are exempt from the building permit process may require a Zoning Permit to ensure compliance with zoning regulations. When you sell your property, you will need to pass our Occupancy Inspection Program which researches your property, makes a site inspection and reports any illegal construction. If it is determined that indeed you do have illegal construction, you may be forced to tear it down.

    Below is a listing, in alphabetical order, of our most common construction type projects.  In the detailed list, we have attempted to provide you with basic, general information about our requirements, fees, length and type of reviews as well as special considerations you should take into account.  This is by no means meant to replace the assistance a plans examiner or planner can provide, so please call the appropriate section for clarifications or specific questions.

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    ACCESSORY STRUCTURES: STORAGE (Less than 120 sf) 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Zoning Permit 
    Type of review: Over-the-Counter if less than 120 s.f.
    Length of review: Same day.
    Submittal Requirements: Two (2) copies of your site plan and elevations.
    Special Considerations: May require a Conditional Use Permit or Variance. or Historic Preservation Review.  Information on protected trees in vicinity of proposed structure  must be provided.
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    ACCESSORY STRUCTURES: GARAGE/CARPORT/STORAGE (120 sf or greater) 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Building Permit 
    Type of review: May be done Over-the-Counter.  Otherwise, plans are to be submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Same day if done Over-the-Counter.  If submitted, the initial plan review may take two (2) to four (4) weeks minimum.
    Submittal Requirements: Three (3) copies of plans (& structural calculations if engineered).  If required to be submitted, then five (5) copies of plans OR three (3) copies + one (1) CD (pdf files).
    Special Considerations: May require a Conditional Use Permit or Variance. or Historic Preservation Review.
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    ADDRESS: NEW 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Address 
    Type of review: Submitted to the Address Coordinator
    Length of review: Official address released at building permit issuance.
    Submittal Requirements: An 8 1/2" x 11" site plan showing all structures with entrance locations and orientation to the streets.
    Special Considerations:  
    Fees: See the fee schedule

    CHIMNEY REPAIR 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Building Permit 
    Type of review: May be done Over-the-Counter.  Otherwise, plans are to be submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Same day if done Over-the-Counter.  If submitted, the initial plan review may take two (2) to four (4) weeks minimum.
    Submittal Requirements: Two (2) copies of plans (& structural calculations if engineered).  If required to be submitted, then five (5) copies of plans OR three (3) copies + one (1) CD (pdf files).
    Special Considerations: May require a Historic Preservation Review.
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    COMMERCIAL BUILDING: ADDITION 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Building Permit 
    Type of review: Plans are submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Depending on size & complexity of addition, the initial plan review may take two (2) to four (4) weeks minimum.
    Submittal Requirements: See Commercial/Industrial Addition Submittal Requirement checklist for accurate documentation requirements.
    Special Considerations: Design Review, Condition or Mitigation Monitoring, Final Zoning InspectionConditional Use Permit or Variance may be required.  Information on protected trees in vicinity of proposed structure must be provided. 
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    COMMERCIAL BUILDING: NEW 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Building PermitAddress 
    Type of review: Plans are submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Initial plan review will take a minimum of four (4) weeks.
    Submittal Requirements: See New Commercial/Industrial Submittal Requirement checklist for accurate documentation requirements. 
    Special Considerations: Conditional Use Permit or Variance, Condition or Mitigation Monitoring, Final Zoning Inspection, or Design Review may be required. Project may be subject to the Public Art ordinance (call 744-6916 for more information).  Information on protected trees in vicinity of proposed structure  must be provided. 
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

  • DEMOLITION 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Building Permit 
    Type of review: Over-the-Counter
    Length of review: Same day, unless subject to special considerations.
    Submittal Requirements: Sewer cap permit finaled, and release from Telephone Co., Department of Water & Power, and the Gas Company required prior to permit issuance.
    Special Considerations: If the building is over 50 years old, project is subject to Historic Preservation Review. Demolition in Old Pasadena requires Design Commission review.
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    ELECTRICAL PERMIT 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Electrical Permit 
    Type of review: May be done Over-the-Counter.  Otherwise, plans are to be submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Same day if done Over-the-Counter.  If submitted, the initial plan review may take two (2) to four (4) weeks minimum.
    Submittal Requirements: Two (2) copies of electrical drawings are required.
    Special Considerations: May be subject to Design Review.
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    FENCES - (Up to 7 ft high) 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Zoning Permit 
    Type of review: Plans are submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: One (1) week.
    Submittal Requirements: Site plan showing location of fence. Elevation of fence design. Two sets of drawings are required. Available for your use are our standards for Chain Link & Wood fences.  If applicable, please print out the Corner Yard Fence and Wall Heights Limits diagram
    Special Considerations: A Variance or Final Zoning Inspection may be required. Landmark District and Design Review may also apply.  Information on protected trees in vicinity of proposed construction must be provided. 
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    FENCES (All other types) 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Building Permit 
    Type of review: May be done Over-the-Counter.  Otherwise, plans are to be submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Same day if done Over-the-Counter.  If submitted, the initial plan review may take two (2) to four (4) weeks minimum.
    Submittal Requirements: Site plan showing location of wall. Two (2) copies of plans are required.  If applicable, please print out the Corner Yard Fence and Wall Heights Limits diagram
    Special Considerations: A Variance or Final Zoning Inspection may be required. Landmark District and Design Review may also apply.  Information on protected trees in vicinity of proposed construction must be provided. 
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    FIRE PERMITS (Alarm, monitor, sprinkler and suppression systems) 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Fire Permit 
    Type of review: Plans are submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Two (2) weeks, initial plan review only.
    Submittal Requirements: Two (2) copies of drawings are required.
    Special Considerations:  
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.

    FOUNDATION RETROFIT/BOLTING 

    Type of permit(s) applications: Building Permit 
    Type of review: May be done Over-the-Counter.  Otherwise, plans are to be submitted for plan review.
    Length of review: Same day if done Over-the-Counter.  If submitted, the initial plan review may take two (2) to four (4) weeks minimum.
    Submittal Requirements: Two (2) copies of plans (& structural calculations if engineered).
    Special Considerations: Landmark District and Design Review may apply.
    Fees: Try out our Fee Estimator Calculator to get a fee estimate.


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