Plan Review, Permits and Inspections

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Within this section, you'll find information and forms related to plan review, permits and inspections.  Many permits first require a submission of plans and plan approval prior to the issuance of a permit. Permits grant permission to begin work on a specific project in accordance with the documented scope of work. As the project progresses, our department validates and ensures compliance with the plans and building codes during the inspection process. 

Additional information regarding plan review, permits and inspections can be found in each specific area below.

Getting Started Any work that is planned requires a plan review and permits to perform it, whether new construction, a change to an existing building or space, or changing the occupancy of an existing building or space. - learn more

Plan Review All work to add to or modify an existing building, or to build a new structure, requires certain building and trade permits. - learn more

Permits A permit authorizes a contractor or homeowner to begin work described in the project plans and description. - learn more

Inspections Inspection services validate that work performed complies with the scope detailed in the permit description and approved plans. - learn more

Building Compliance The Building Compliance Section investigates reports of unsafe buildings, damaged buildings by fire or vehicle impacts, unlicensed contractors and work without permits that may threaten the general safety of the public. - learn more