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Building Department

Effective 3/16/2020, as a result of the City Hall closure in response to the COVID-19 Virus, all new plan checks & permits will be required to be submitted and issued electronically. Please refer to our Electronic Permitting page for information on how to submit electronically.

For projects submitted into plan check prior to 3/16/2020, the review of hard copy plans will continue. Existing hard copy plan submittals, corrections and revisions may be dropped off only on Mondays and Wednesdays before 5pm in the Plan Drop Off Bin located outside the main entrance to City Hall. No appointment is necessary to drop off plans in the bin. In order to allow a 48-hour plan hold, Staff will retrieve the plans dropped off on Monday from the bin on Wednesday and will retrieve the plans dropped off on Wednesday from the bin on Friday. All hard copy resubmittals must be returned with the correct number of plan sets, including all redlines/old plan sets in order to be accepted for review. 

For projects that have plan check corrections or approved plans that are ready to issue, you will be contacted by staff to schedule an appointment for pick-up.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact staff by phone (949) 443-6347 or email


Building Department

The Building Department oversees all applications for new construction and renovation, to include; reviewing applications for building permits, building permit issuance, inspections, and maintaining historical records related to issued Building Permits (which the public may access at the Building Counter during regular business hours).

We strive to provide exceptional customer service and provide a response to all inquiries within one full business day (24 hours) of receipt.  If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact the Building and Code Enforcement Manager, Carlos Yado, at, (949) 234-4568, or the Director of Development Services, Joel Rojas at, (949) 234-4410.


Operating Hours and Staff Contact

Building Department Staff are available in person at the Building Counter in the One Stop Shop located in City Hall during the following times:

Building Counter Hours
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday through Thursday)
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Friday)

Plan Review Inquiries/Building Official's Counter Hours

Counter hours with the Building Official are reserved for questions and permit inquiries related to the building code. New submittals/resubmittals/revisions must be submitted for plan review and will not be reviewed over-the-counter. 

8:00 - 10:00 AM (Tuesday/Thursday) or by Appointment 

To make an appointment with the Building Official please send an email with at least three requested dates and times to the Building Official, Carlos Yado at


Building and Grading Inspectors – Telephone/Counter
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM & 3:30 - 4:30 PM (Mon-Thu)
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM & 3:00 - 3:30 PM (Fri)


Staff Contact Information

Building Department

32400 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 443-6347
Building Department Group Email:

Building and Code Enforcement Manager/Building Official

Carlos Yado
(949) 234-4568

Building Permit Technicians

Lisa La
(949) 443-6349
Robert Stauffacher
(949) 443-6345

Building & Grading Inspectors

William Forsythe
(949) 443-6303
Steve Salcedo
(949) 443-6335
Bill Davis – Part Time
(949) 443-6389

Code Enforcement Officers

Code Enforcement Group Email:
Monday through Saturday
Deena Berens
(949) 443-6344
J.R. Torrez
(949) 443-6341
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