When is a building permit required?

A building permit is required whenever you are manipulating the interior or exterior of the structure in any of these ways:

  • Altering
  • Constructing
  • Converting
  • Demolishing
  • Improving
  • Moving
  • Repairing

Permits Required

Permits are required for the following projects:

  • Additions and Alterations
  • Carports (Commercial)
  • Garage Conversions
  • New Construction
  • New doors or windows (including any window or change outs)
  • New Fireplace
  • New or alterations to any of the following: electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems
  • New Swimming Pools or Spa
  • Patio Covers (Solid or Lattice)
  • Patio Enclosures
  • Relocation of interior walls
  • Room Conversions
  • Storage sheds over 120 square feet
  • Tenant Improvements

Permits Not Required

Permits are not required for the following projects:

  • New kitchen cabinets or change-out of existing cabinets on residential properties
  • New wood flooring or carpets
  • Painting of existing buildings
  • Storage sheds and detached structures under 120 square feet. However storage sheds are subject to setback requirements as set forth in Zoning Ordinance


Contact the Planning Department at 626-579-6540, ext. 3201 for more information.

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1. When is a building permit required?
2. Who may obtain a Building Permit?
3. How long does it take to get a building permit?
4. What is the process for a plan submittal and review?
5. What Agencies or Departments will need to review my plans?
6. How many sets of plans do I need to submit for plan checks?
7. How long is a plan check and permit good for?