When do I need a construction permit?

A construction permit is needed for all new construction.  In many cases a permit is needed for repair or replacement of existing features, such as replacing windows.  A plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit is required for any additions or changes to the structure’s existing system.  For example, moving or adding an electrical outlet requires a permit.  To determine whether your project requires a permit, call the Tulare County Building Department.

When don’t I need a permit?

A construction permit is not required for items such as wallpapering, painting or similar finish work; fences under six feet tall in height; platforms and walks less than 30 inches tall over grade or not over a basement; and other circumstances.  Please check with the Tulare County Building Department before building.

Permits are not normally required for replacement or repair of fixtures (such as changing water faucets or replacing electric switches).  However, items such as replacing a water heater does require a permit.  To determine whether your construction project requires a permit, call the Tulare County Building Department.

Where do I get a permit?

Building permits are issued by the Tulare County Building Department by calling 559.624.7000 or visiting 5961 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA.

Be aware that the department does not simply issue a permit when you come to the office.  You must first submit plans and fill out an application form.  Only after these plans are reviewed and approved and you pay required fees, will a permit be issued.

How long does it take to get a permit?

Permit issuance periods vary, depending on the complexity of your project.  Some permits can be issued over-the-counter, meaning return trips will not be necessary.  More complex projects take longer to review and the plans examiner may require that you resubmit your plans if corrections are needed.  The most complicated projects may require outside contracting for plan review

 

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