Plan Submission & Processing
Building Permits are required, with some exceptions, anytime a building or structure, electrical, plumbing or mechanical system, is to be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished. Additionally, there are outside organizations, listed below, that may require an associated permit or review in conjunction with the City’s Building Permit.
Outside Agencies with permitting requirements
California Department of Housing & Community Development - Manufactured & Mobilehomes
3737 Main Street
Riverside CA 92501
California Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) – Department of Industrial Relations
1 Centerpointe Drive
La Palma CA 90623
California State Water Resources Control Board - Construction Stormwater Program
P.O. Box 100
Sacramento CA 95812-0100
Dig Alert – Underground Service Alert of Southern California
P.O. Box 77070
Corona CA 92877-0102
Orange County Fire Authority – Planning & Development Services
1 Fire Authority Road
Irvine CA 92602
Orange County Health Department – Environmental Health
1241 East Dyer Road
Santa Ana CA 92705
Orange County Public Works - Watershed Division
2301 North Glassell Street
Orange CA 92706-4048
24 Hour Water Pollution Hotline (877) 897-7455
South Coast Air Quality Management District - Permits
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar CA 91765
San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency - Development Fee Program
Irvine CA 92618
Applying for a Permit
The Building Department issues a variety of permits, including Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Demolition, Grading, and combinations of each. Each submission for a permit requires a complete and accurate Permit Application be filled out and accompany all plans and documents.
Building Permit applications can be obtained at the Building Counter or Online. Permit applications must be submitted at the Building Counter during regular service hours. Applications that are accepted will be assigned a Plan Check number, this number will become the Permit Number once the plans are approved and issued. On occasion an approved set of plans with an issued permit will require modification or revision, in those cases a Permit Revision Application must be completed.
Building Permit Application & Revision Application
Please see Plan Check Submittal Requirements for submittal requirements and additional information.
Target Plan Review Timelines
Target for First Plan Review is 30 Days
Target for Corrections Review and Revisions is 14 Days
RES-PV, EVCS, and other Solar Project First Plan Review is 14 Days
RES-PV, EVCS, and other Solar Projects Corrections Review and Revisions is 7 Days
A separate permit for demolition is only required on demolition of whole buildings/structures or on projects where you would like to begin the demolition prior to the approval of a residential remodel or commercial tenant improvement.
For small demolition projects such as residential remodels or commercial tenant improvements, please fill out the Building Permit Application and submit it in person along with your demolition plans to the building counter.
For large demolition projects such as the demolition of an existing structure or a whole building demo, please fill out the Demolition Permit Application and email to B2@SanJuanCapistrano.org.
Please see Plan Check Submittal Requirements for additional submittal requirements and additional information.
Grading and Onsite Improvement Permits
Please click HERE for details.
Solar (PV) & Electric Vehicle Charging (EVCS)
Roof Mounted Solar PV (RES-PV) systems (10kW AC or less) for single family and duplex homes qualify for streamlined permitting offering the use of standard plans and over the counter approval if all requirements are met. All applications for residential solar systems (RES-PV) require the following:
Additionally, if the RES-PV system includes any of the following then the following must also be provided:
Main Panel Upgrade (Three sets of plans)
Center fed Main Panel (Electric Load Calculations and a Panel Schedule)
Sub-Panel (Electrical Load Calculations)
Battery Back Up (Three sets of plans, Load Calculations, and a Panel Schedule)
Renewable Meter Adapter (RMA) installs must be approved by SDG&E, have a separate General Electrical Contractor, and any and all grounding work not performed by SDG&E including but not limited to the RMA disconnect will be performed by the Solar Contractor.
Ground Mounted, Multi-Family, and Commercial Solar PV systems receive priority permit processing but are not approved over the counter. Submittal requirements can be found in the Solar PV System Submittal Requirements Handout.
Solar PV Plan Review Targets
Residential solar permits that meet eligibility checklist requirements are approved over the counter by the Building Permit Technicians. All other reviews for solar, including non-residential will have a two (2) week review timeframe. Subsequent reviews for plan check and revisions will have a target review time of five to seven (5-7) business days.
Associated Permit Fees
Residential solar permits are no-fee permits, however, any revisions to approved solar plans will be processed with the applicable revision fees associated with the review. Solar permits that include Main Panel Upgrades and/or Battery Back-Up Units or other additional Electrical Equipment will be charged the fees associated with those component.
All permit fees can be found here Building Related Fees