How to Easily Get a San Joaquin County Building Permit

Planning Permissions How to Easily Get a San Joaquin County Building Permit

How to Get a San Joaquin County Building Permit

It can be complicated to get a building permit in San Joaquin County, but it shouldn't be. It should be easy to build on your property, but with all the paperwork, it can be confusing to determine how to get a building permit.

And it's not just San Joaquin County; Florida can be just as bad; from Palm Beach to Sarasota getting a building permit can be a nightmare. It's even worse in big cities like Los Angeles and Chicago when it really shouldn't be so complicated at all.

This guide will talk about when you need a , how to get a building permit yourself, and why you should rely on DoNotPay to get a permit in no time.

When Is a Building Permit Necessary in San Joaquin County?

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project per approved plans and specifications. In general, building permits are required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, convert, or demolish a building or structure, including:

  • New buildings
  • Building improvements (including tenant improvements), alterations, and renovations
  • Re-roofing buildings
  • Electrical, plumbing, and heating installations
  • Woodstove or fireplace installation
  • Swimming pools, sheds over 120 square feet, water heaters, signs, fences over seven feet high, patio covers, carports, and screened rooms."

How to Get a Building Permit in San Joaquin County

If you have completed your land use approvals (when required), you are ready to apply for your Building Permit. CDD maintains several types of Building Permit checklists. Select the list appropriate for your project.

  1. You begin your application process at the CDD. The CDD will review your plans for compliance with zoning regulations.
  2. This review can be completed and approved at the CDD counter. You will then be directed to the County Public Works Department(PWD), located approximately 20 feet away. They will review your plans for compliance with their requirements and regulations (Public Works online resources).
  3. They will then direct you to the EHD, located in the same complex, to approve your plans (if public water and sewer are available, EHD review may not be necessary). After your plans have been reviewed and approved by these three agencies (this takes approximately one hour), you are ready to submit your plan package to the Building Inspection Counter for review".

There are problems with doing all of this. First, you may not have time to run around the Community Development Department of San Joaquin County all day.

They are only open during business hours, meaning you'll miss a day off of work. Add to that the frustration of visiting four different offices and standing in four other lines; getting a building permit is a nightmare.

DoNotPay saves you the hassle of running around the CDD building and fills the application out for you with just a bit of information.

What Fees Are Associated With Getting a Permit?

The fees are extensive and confusing; click here for a complete list. Note that most of the fees are based on valuation and do not include fees for inspection and demolition. There are also different fees for residential and commercial projects.

How to Get a Building Permit in San Joaquin County With the Help of DoNotPay

DoNotPay takes the pain out of applying for a . We'll find the exact rules of the area of San Joaquin County; you're in, fill out the application form and get you the lowest possible processing fee.

How to apply for a Building Permit Fast in San Joaquin County with DoNotPay:

If you want to apply for a building permit fast in San Joaquin County but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered. Create your own cancellation letter in 6 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Planning Permissions product on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose one of the following options:
  • Check whether your project needs a building permit or if it's exempt
  • Generate a permission request letter to send to your HOA
  • Generate a guide on how to complete the building permit application
  1. Choose the focus of your project (new ADU, pool, shed, fence, etc.) and answer a few questions about your plans, including the size of the structure and estimated cost.


  2. Indicate whether you're hiring a contractor and include the estimated start date and timeline for the project.


  3. Indicate whether any public sidewalk/street space will be used during construction.


  4. And that's it! DoNotPay will help guide you through the building permit process by checking if your project needs a building permit, contacting any HOAs you're a part of to request building permission, or generating detailed instructions on how to start and complete your building permit application process.


Why Use DoNotPay to Get a Building Permit in San Joaquin County

Using DoNotPay takes all the hassle out of getting your building permit.

FastIt'd take you a day to run around the CDD offices and fill out the application form. DoNotPay will have it done in no time.
EasyYou don't have to worry about making a trip to the building department. DoNotPay deals with them for you.
SuccessfulDoNotPay has helped thousands of people get their building permits, and we can help you too.

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