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Development Permits : Building Permits

Dept/Div. Contact:  Building Safety - (209) 577-5232

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Description:  Building permits are important in protecting your safety and the safety of those around you. The City of Modesto requires permits so that it can ensure that construction is being done properly and in accordance with all life safety requirements and all building codes.

Example:  If you are planning on adding on a room to your house, you will need a permit to do the work.  If you have a commercial building and need to make some building modifications, you will need a permit in order to complete the work.

PROCESS OVERVIEW:

Submit Building Plans

For most projects, you will need to submit building plans.  The requirements for submitting building plans varies by what type of project you are working on.

Click on one of the links below for specific requirements when submitting building plans:

Where to submit plans:

Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor  [Directions]
(209) 577-5232

NOTE:   You will be required to pay a Pre-Plan Check Fee at this time.  Staff will inform you of the amount at the time you submit your building plans.

Pay Fees

Once your plans are approved,  you will need to pay for any plan review costs, building permits or other fees that may apply to your project. 

Where to go:

Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor
(209) 577-5232

How Much:

Please visit our 'Fees' page for current fees

Permit Issuance

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.

Schedule Inspections

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

Completion

After your final inspection, your project will be considered complete.

Related Forms & Handouts

These documents are provided in PDF Format. You must have a PDF viewer in order to open these documents. Click here for the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

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Have Questions?

Contact the Building Safety Division at (209) 577-5232.

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