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Most major projects will require a permit of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which will protect its occupants and neighbors on a daily basis, as well as during emergencies and other disasters. However, some minor alterations are allowed without obtaining permits (California Building Code 105.2). The most common exceptions are:
Do you need a building permit for an upcoming residential project that is going to cost over $1,000? Please be aware that as of January 1, 2011, you are now required to install battery operated carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home. For projects where the Building Inspector will not be accessing the inside of your home (re-roofs, patios, stucco repair), the homeowner must complete and sign this form to certify that smoke and CO detectors have been installed.
Construction permits are documents obtained through the Development Services Department's Building and Safety Division, which authorizes the start of construction or remodeling of a building in the City of Los Alamitos.
There are 5 common types of permits:
Permits are issued by the Building and Safety Division in City Hall. For simple jobs, a permit can often be obtained during the first visit; however, in most circumstances, more time is needed so plans can be reviewed in detail prior to the issuance of the permit. A minimum of 3 complete sets of plans are required to obtain permits. Under certain circumstances, the Building Official may waive this requirement. If plans are required they must include the following items:
A permit will be issued to:
When a permit is taken out, the signature and identity of the applicant must be verified. A California Driver's License, State of California Identification Card, or other positive identification will meet this requirement.
Contractors working in the City of Los Alamitos are required to have a Los Alamitos Business License.
If a contractor has employees, a Certificate of Workers' Compensation Insurance must be on file with the Development Services Department. Contractors working alone may waive this requirement, but must show a pocket copy of their State Contractors License.
The cost of a plan check and inspection fees are based upon the valuation of the proposed project as determined by the type of construction, size of project and the specific use of the buildings or structures. Building plan check and permit fees are calculated to be for cost recovery of all plan checking, inspection and administrative building services. Please note that in addition to these permitting fees, there may be other constructions fees, planning fees, state fees, school fees or sewer fees.
City engineers and planners will review the plans submitted with a permit application. This may result in design changes to comply with City and California regulations. The amount of time required for plan check depends on the size and complexity of the project.
Plan check fees prior to issuance of each type of permit are as follows:
3 sets of plans, 2 sets of structural calculations and 2 sets of Title 24 energy calculations. The Title 24 energy calculations should also be copied on the plans pages.
Please submit 36 inch by 24 inch plan pages. Solar plans should be submitted on 11 inch by 17 inch plan pages.
Yes; you can find permit application documents on the Building and Safety Division page.
For the majority of projects we provide a 10 business day turn around for first review. We provide a 5 business day turn around for second review.
Yes, create an account with our Permit Center.
Yes. Fee free to email the Building and Safety Division.
Design criteria are as follows:
California building codes can be found online at the California Building Standards Commission website.
Yes. For tenant improvement projects we require a letter from the building owner authorizing the project before a permit will be issued. We also require an authorization letter for agents pulling permits on behalf of a contractor. These letters should be on company letterhead, but do not need to be notarized.
Yes, and if the general contractor has sub-contractors working for them, then the sub-contractors will be required to get business licenses as well. See our Business License page for more information.
If you are adding or modifying any part of a lighting system, mechanical system or building envelope, it is likely you will need to provide Title 24 documents. The state now has a handy website, Energy Code Ace, that can help you determine what you need. Please find the Trigger sheets on the state website to help you determine if you need to fill out Title 24 documents. Also visit the Forms pages on the state website to figure out which forms you will need.