Probably. A building permit is required whenever you are constructing, moving, altering, converting, improving, repairing or demolishing a structure in any area of the City. It applies to work on the interior as well as
To get your permit, you must hire a contractor licensed in the City of Laguna Beach or provide proof of ownership to take on the liability yourself, submit the required paperwork, and pay a fee.
Before you fill out an application for a permit, you must first register through the public portal. Click here fore more information. Once you are registered, fill out this Building Permit Application and bring it to the Community Development Building Counter with two sets of plans for your project (more information about project drawings below). Permits can be issued over-the-counter at City Hall and are valid for 180 days. Be sure to display your permit in a conspicuous location at the work site.
Most people hire an architect or designer to draw their plans. However, for small projects, you may wish to submit drawings you create yourself. That is fine as long as the drawings are to scale and clear enough so we can fully understand the work. This is an example of a resident's drawing that meets our requirements.
The cover sheet for your drawings should include
Building Permit Fees
Building Permit Fees depend on the valuation of the work to be completed including labor and materials. Fees are charged per permit — for example, you'll pay one fee for an electrical permit, and another for a plumbing permit.
Building Permit Fees must be paid in person at the Community Development Building Counter.
Before an inspection can be requested, you must create an account in the City's new permitting software. Click on the link below.
The number of inspections you will need depends on the scope of your project. When we issue your permit we will be able to tell you the number of inspections your remodel will require.
If your project is not in compliance, we will need to perform additional inspections. Unless your project is reported for a violation, inspectors will not show up unannounced.
If you request your inspection before 4:00 p.m. we can usually inspect the next business day. Please don't do any more work until the inspection is complete.
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