Dept/Div. Contact: Building Safety - (209) 577-5232
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Description: Interior remodeling of a commercial, industrial or non-residential building is referred to as a tenant improvement. Tenant improvement projects require permits for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing work. Other work including signs, fire safety systems, storage areas, assembly areas, and work involving hazardous materials may require additional permits.
Examples: If you are planning on adding or removing an interior wall in your office building you will need a building permit. The Permit Process ensures that you comply with the codes, which have been adopted by the City Council and incorporated in the City of Modesto Ordinances.
Before developing a parcel of land, you will need to determine if the parcel is zoned for your desired use or if there are any special development considerations for your project.
The Planning Division will be able to tell you the zoning of the property or if there are any special considerations for your project. If your project requires special handling, our staff will inform you of the requirements and next steps.
Who to contact:
- Planning Division at (209) 577-5267.
- Assessor's Parcel Number (APN)
- Description of your proposed project
If your proposed project meets the zoning requirements, you will typically follow the process given below. If not, staff will inform you of your options.
Certain projects will have special requirements and need specific actions before submitting building plans.
Who to Contact:
- Public Works: (209) 571-5569
- Parks, Recreation & Neighborhoods: (209) 571-5573
After the Planning review process has been completed, building plans can be submitted for review. A licensed contractor can apply for and pull permits for commercial additions/alterations. If you do not have a licensed contractor, the Disclosures & Forms for Owner-Builders Applying for Construction Permits (below) must be filled out and signed by the owner of the building and a copy provided at the time of application. Often, depending upon the type of project and the complexity of construction, plans are required to be stamped by a licensed professional. Our staff will examine your plans for conformance to code requirements.
Where to go:
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
What to include:
- 1 building permit application
- 7 sets of complete building plans for most TI's
(some TI's may require fewer sets)
- 1 completed Plan Check Submittal for Interior Remodels form
- 1 set of State Energy forms
- 1 set of scaled floor plans for the County Assessor
- 2 sets of structural calculations
- 3 sets of landscape and irrigation plans including building elevations
- 1 completed Unreasonable Handicap Hardship form
- 1 completed Hazardous Materials Form
When your plans are approved and at the time you pay your fees, the Building Safety Division will issue the required permits for your project.
Before covering up or building over any permitted work, you will need to call and request an inspection. Inspections are required to ensure that all work was completed correctly, based on building and safety codes currently in effect.
If an encroachment permit was required for your project, schedule off-site inspections with the Public Works Department at (209) 342-2284.
How to schedule an inspection
- See Building Inspection page
After your final inspection, your project will be considered complete.
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