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Building and Safety Services

Contact Building & Safety

Office Phone: (949) 443-6347
Fax: (949) 493-1053


We will strive to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Development Services Director Joel Rojas at 949-234-4410 or at

Staff is available in person at the One Stop Shop located in City Hall during the following times:

  • General Public Counter
    7:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Mon-Thu)
    7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Fri)
  • Permit Processing
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Mon-Thu)
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Fri)
  • Plan Review Inquiries
    8:00 - 10:00 AM (Tues and Thu) or by Appointment with the Building Official.

    To make an appointment, email Building Official Carlos Yado at

    **Plan check is not performed over the counter

  • Inspectors – by telephone or at the 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)

    Building/Grading Inspector Steve Salcedo: 949-443-6335 or

    Building/Grading Inspector William Forsythe: 949-443-6335 or

  • 24-Hour Inspection Request Hotline

    To schedule an inspection of work being done under an active City Permit, you can either call and leave a message on the inspection request hotline 949-493-3172 or click here to check status on a “Schedule Inspection”.  Inspection requests must be made prior to 4:00 p.m. on the City business day prior to the day of the requested inspection. 

Permit Processing

A building permit is required anytime a building or structure, or an electrical, plumbing or mechanical system, is to be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished. There are some exceptions to this requirement. If you are planning a project, contact the Building Division staff to see if a permit will be required and to inquire about outside organizations that we use to process permits including Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Health Department, if applicable.

Permit Application

You may obtain a permit application at the Building Counter or Online. Permits must be submitted at the Building Counter during regular service hours. Permit Application & Revision Application

Please see Plan Submission and Processing for additional information.

Demolition Permit

A permit is required for Demolition of an existing structure. Please fill out the Demolition Permit Application and submit it at the Building Counter.

Permit Status

You can check your Permit Status online by clicking here. Permit Status

Permit Fees

All permit fees can be found on the following link: Building Related Fees

Plan Check

Plan check is the City of San Juan Capistrano’s process of reviewing and approving all drawings and specifications for improvements to verify compliance with building, zoning, and fire codes.

Applicable Building Codes

  • 2016 California Building Code (CBC)
  • 2016 California Plumbing Code (CPC)
  • 2016 California Mechanical Code (CMC)
  • 2016 California Electrical Code (CEC)
  • 2016 California Energy Code (CuEC)
  • 2016 California Green Building Standards (CGBC)
  • 1997 Uniform Housing Code
  • 1997 Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings
  • Mobilehome Parks and Installations Regulations (T25)

    These model codes are amended by the State of California and the City of San Juan Capistrano to include various additional requirements. Standard code questions can be answered by the Building Division staff; however, more complex design issues should be referred to a design professional such as an architect or engineer.

Plan Check Submission

The following information is provided to help move your project through the building permit plan check process in a timely manner.

Plan Check Review Times

Review of First Submittal:  30 calendar days

Review of Subsequent Submittals: 15 calendar days

You can check your Plan Check Status online by clicking Permit Status

If you have questions about the timeliness of your plan check review or about plan check corrections, contact Building Official Carlos Yado at 949-234-4568 or at

Over the Counter Plan Review

Smaller projects which require no more than 30 minutes for plan review can typically be reviewed over-the-counter at the City's One Stop Shop. Depending on the complexity and scope of your project, or the existing conditions which may be present, Building & Safety may require that you submit your plans for a more detailed review. The following types of projects are normally reviewed over-the-counter:

  • Residential patio covers
  • Small sheds and accessory structures
  • Small residential bathroom and kitchen remodels
  • Commercial signs
  • Fence walls
  • Small retaining walls
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