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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.

Appointment Arrival Instructions

Check in - for appointments on Monday or Tuesday, please contact 949-443-6349 when you arrive. For appointments on Wednesday or Thursday, please contact 949-443-6345. Late arrivals may result in cancellation of the appointment which will require rescheduling the appointment for another available time period.

After arrival - please have your face mask on and complete the Public Health Self-Certification Form on the main counter. 


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)
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

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

Building & Grading Inspectors

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