1. Home
  2. About Us
  3. City Services
  4. Visitor Information
  5. Departments
    1. City Manager's Office
    2. City Attorney
    3. City Clerk
    4. Community Services
    5. Development Services
    6. Finance
    7. Fire Services
    8. Human Resources
    9. Police Services
    10. Public Works
    11. Utilities
    12. Emergency Preparedness
  6. Government
  7. News & Updates

Building Department

Electronic Permitting


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. 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. For resubmittals and revisions, you will need to contact staff by phone (949) 443-6347 or email to schedule an appointment to drop off plans. The pick-up and drop-off of plans will occur at the City Hall entrance.  

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.  Please email if you have any additional questions.

New Project (Electronic) Submittal Process:

1.  Submit all documents listed below via email to

  • Building Permit Application - (Please complete the application in it’s entirety to ensure that your permit is processed in a timely manner. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant for completion and will require a re-submittal. Be sure to include heights, square footages, quantities and dimensions of all structures and areas. Please click on the following link to see an attached sample permit application.)
  • Contactors State License Board (CSLB) Pocket Card Image
  • Workers Compensation Insurance Certificate
  • Letter of Authorization (On letterhead and notarized)
  • City of San Juan Capistrano City Business License Number
  • Homeowners Association (HOA) Approval Letter
    • Required for all exterior work including but not limited to all Backyard Improvements, Patios, BBQ's, Firepits, Exterior Structures and Sheds, Additions, Door/Window Replacements, and Roofing Projects.
  • Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Plan

2.  The City will review your submitted application for accuracy and thoroughness.  Incomplete permit submittals will be returned to the applicant for additional information.

3.  Once an application has been accepted as complete, the applicant will be contacted with instructions on how to submit electronic plans for review.

4.  Payment - An invoice along with payment instructions will be emailed to the applicant by the City. Plan check/permit fees must be made by credit card with payment information taken over the phone.

  • Credit Card transactions have a maximum limit of $5000, in the event this is an issue please contact the Building Department for assistance.
  • Payments may also be made by check via the City's Drop Box (located in the front of City Hall).  Checks must be placed in a sealed envelope along with a copy of the invoice and labeled with the permit number. Once payment has been hand delivered to the City's Drop Box please call 949-493-1515 to inform the Finance Department that the payment was delivered.
  • Payments by mail will not be accepted.

5.  After payment is received, the City will provide target dates for projects under review or electronic permits/job cards for approved permits.

Terms Of UsePrivacy StatementCopyright 2020 by City of San Juan Capistrano
Back To Top