Express Review Program
The Building Division introduces a new Express Review Program, to improve customer service to the homeowners, business community and contractors. This is a new, personalized service to expedite building permits for residential homeowners and small businesses. Building permits that meets the critiera are listed on the Building Express Review Form.
Residential Tuesday is designed to expedite permit processing, specifically homeowner improvement projects.
Commercial Wednesday is designed to expedite permit processing, specifically tenant improvement projects for small businesses.
The program allows customers to meet one-on-one with City staff to process smaller tenant improvement and residential improvement building applications. The scheduled appointments, available every Tuesday and Wednesday, will ensure that applicants can meet with City Building and Planning Department staff directly to review and process improvement applications.
Community Development staff will also serve as a resource and will help the customer connect with other agencies responsible for approving building permits, including Fire Department, Utilities and Public Works as needed.
Construction projects typically require a building permit, plan check and inspections. Building permits are required when any type of construction is planned that will change or add structure to an existing property and for work regulated by City codes or ordinances, such as:
- New Buildings (dwellings, sheds, carports)
- Additions (buildings, swimming pools, decks over 30 inches above grade, retaining walls, patio covers)
- Alterations beyond cosmetic changes, such as converting garages to family rooms
- Moving or demolishing a building
- Repairs involving structural members
- Installation of heating equipment, such as wood burning stoves
- Changing in use of a structure
- Reroofing or new roof covering
- Site development
When submitting for a building permit, you must complete a building permit application. The costs of a building permit is based on the valuation of the proposed construction project, as determined by the type of construction, size of the project and the specific use of the buildings or structure. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing plan check fees are also applied to the plan review process. All plan check fees are payable at the time of application submittal.
Permit Fee Estimator
A permit fee estimator is available online to assist in estimating building permit fees. Estimates provide a preliminary estimate only, based on the information provided. Actual permit costs are calculated and verified through the plan review process and may vary from that provided by the online permit fee estimator as indicated on the disclaimer and acknowledged by the user.
Construction is allowed to begin only after the permit is issued. Once the permit is issued, construction must commence within 180 days. Construction may not stop completely for more than 180 days. If these time periods are exceeded, the permit will automatically expire and a new application for a building permit is necessary.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 7/3/2013