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

Effective 5/18/2020, all Building Department business and customer service will be performed in person at City Hall by appointment only.  The City no longer accepts electronic submittals for new applications.  Any existing applications that have already been submitted electronically will continue to be processed electronically.  In order to schedule an appointment, please click here.  To protect the health and safety of City Hall staff and visitors, all visitors to City Hall must complete a COVID-19 Public Health Self-Certification Form, wear a face covering or mask, and adhere to social distancing protocols.  If you have any questions about the submittal process, please email or call 949-443-6347.

Please note that late arrivals may result in cancellation of the appointment which will require rescheduling the appointment for another available time period.


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 by appointment).

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 by appointment only 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)


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) by Appointment only 

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 – By Telephone Only
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 Directory

Building Department

32400 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Building and Code Enforcement Manager/Building Official

Carlos Yado
(949) 234-4568

Building & Grading Inspectors

William Forsythe
(949) 443-6303
Steve Salcedo
(949) 443-6335

Code Enforcement Officers

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


Building Permit Technicians

Deena Berens
(949) 443-6347
Lisa La
(949) 443-6347
Rob Stauffacher
(949) 443-6347
Terms Of UsePrivacy StatementCopyright 2020 by City of San Juan Capistrano
Back To Top