Who may obtain a Building Permit?

Property Owners, State of California Licensed Contractors or Agent for property owner/contractor (with proper authorization) may obtain a building permit.

Property Owners

Property Owners must provide the following:

  • Completed and signed "Notice to Property Owner"
  • Condominiums and Townhomes- If the project is in the common area or exterior of a condominium building, a letter of authorization signed by the Home Owners Association (HOA) president is required along with documentation (e.g. HOA minutes) verifying the authenticity of the president’s position with the HOA. Alternatively, authorization from all condominium owners may be considered.
  • Corporation LLC or Partnership- If the property is owned by a Corporation, LLC, or Partnership, you will need to provide a copy of the operating agreement or corporate paperwork from when the corporation was formed, which verifies which of the following it is:
    • CEO
    • Managing Member
    • Partner
    • President
    • Vice-President
  • Proof of identification:
    • Alien Registration Card
    • Driver’s Licenses
    • State Issued ID Card
    • U.S. Passport
  • Proof of ownership, if there has been a recent transfer of ownership (e.g. Grant Deed, Escrow Closing Statement)
  • Trust - if the property is owned by a Trust, a copy of the trust paperwork showing the trustee or executor as an authorized signatory for the property.


Contractors must provide the following:

  • If licensee is different than applicant for building permit, then a notarized "Authorized Agent Form - Contractor" will be required to pull permits on behalf of the licensed contractor. This form will need to be on file with the City and on-hand at time of permit issuance.
  • Individual pulling permit must have a current Contractor’s Registration License with the City of South El Monte.
  • Proof of current State of California Contractor’s License and classification (pocket card)
  • Proof of valid Worker’s Compensation Insurance (for contractors with multiple employees)

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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?