Do you really need a permit to install a water heater or build a patio cover? Can you get a permit online? Is there somebody you can speak to in person?
And why do you need a permit when considering a remodel or home improvement project? The bottom line is safety.
Counties and cities issue building permits because they ensure that work meets the minimum requirements of the California Building Codes. Permits provide the first line of defense against building disasters and ensure the safety of the structures in which we all live, work and play.
Without permits and inspections, you wouldn’t know if the walls were properly insulated, the electrical work is safe, the plumbing pipes are the right size, or if the gas piping was tested.
Work that requires a permit but is done without one is illegal and may become a liability. Most lending institutions will not finance a house with illegal work and most insurance policies will not cover damages caused by or to illegal work. Appraisers usually measure the square footage of a project and check it against County Assessor’s records. If they do not match, correcting the issues can be expensive.
Buying a house? Make sure you research the permit history before purchasing.
The Sacramento County Division of Building Permits and Inspection
has many resources to assist licensed contractors and Do-It-Yourselfers with the permitting process. Here is a quick list of resources you may find helpful.
Checklist for permits
- For a list of what projects do and not need a permit visit the Getting Started page.
- You can submit and obtain many permits such as reroofing, electrical panels, water heaters, additions, patio covers and new buildings online.
- For information regarding service sites, including the addresses and hours of operation, please visit the Contacts, Hours and Locations page.
- For general questions, or to speak with an Inspector, please call 916-875-5296.
- To schedule inspections for your permit, call 916-875-5296 or go online.
- For questions regarding the online process, please email Ryan Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For a contact list of all staff go to the staff directory page.