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About the Building Division

The Building Services Division, as part of the Community Development Department, provides all building permit and inspection services for property development in the City. The division reviews construction plans, issues permits, and performs inspections to ensure building projects are built safely and in compliance with state and local codes and regulations helping create a vibrant, livable, and safely-built community. Whether you are remodeling a home, building your dream house, or constructing your new commercial project, we look forward to serving you.



What kind of permit do I need?

For information about permitting requirements, please visit the Permit Center and refer to the Timelines & Submittal Checklists and Related FAQs sections below.

Timelines and Submittal Checklists

Major Review - First Review: 4-5 weeks; Rechecks: 2-3 weeks

Over the Counter - Minor Items/Repairs

Additional documentation may be required.

Common Over the Counter Requests

  • Reroof (A permit is required for each structure | CF-6R-ENV-01 for Commercial)
  • Residential HVAC - HVAC Equipment
  • Window Replacement - Residential Certificate of Compliance
  • Electrical Service Meter Upgrade <400 amps
  • Water Heater Replacement
  • Demo of an Accessory Structure (non-habitable) - Site Plan Required
  • Commercial Change of Occupancy

Addendums & Revisions - Hourly Review - Varies by project

Other Common Addendums & Revisions

  • Fire Sprinklers
  • Fire Alarm
  • Commercial Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems

More Info

Quick Links & Resources

Construction worker with safety gear


Steel frame of a building in construction

International Code Council

Several construction workers looking at blueprints

California Department of Housing & Community Development

Three contractors speaking on the job site

Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board

Related FAQs

How do I contact an inspector with a Code question?

The inspectors spend most of the work day out in the field so it is highly recommended inquiries be sent by email. If your question relates to a specific inspection or correction notice left by an inspector, email that inspector directly. Direct email addresses can be requested at (805) 461-5000 or you may submit your inquiry to and it will be routed to the appropriate inspector.

My plans are in the review process, can I begin work?

No. You must have an active permit with approved plans (if applicable) before work can begin.

Does someone need to be onsite for a project inspection?

The inspector must be able to have full uninhibited access to the project area(s); no gates, dogs, or other deterrents. An OSHA approved ladder must be onsite for roofing inspections. For interior residential inspections, someone 18 years or older must be present. The approved set of plans and permit card must be available to the inspector at the time of the inspection and thorough construction.

The inspector signed off the Final Inspection for my project, what do I do with my permit now?

You are done! Keep the permit with the signatures for future record need.

What is the status of my permit?

Call (805) 461-5035 or email for the status of your permit.

How long will it take to receive my permit?

The time frame for obtaining your permit will depend on the permit class. For an estimated time frame, please view our submittal intake checklists.

Do I need an Intake Meeting?

At this time, all counter transactions require a scheduled appointment. You can schedule an appointment by calling (805) 461-5000.

How do I schedule an Inspection?

For Building, Planning, and Public Works inspections, call the automated 24-hour inspection request hotline at (805) 466-8099. Inspection requests made after 5:00 p.m. will receive 2nd business day service. Inspections may be scheduled Monday - Friday. Please be advised, A.M. or P.M. requests will be accommodated as scheduling permits.

For fire inspections, call (805) 466-3300.

How do I learn about recent permit activity?

Visit the Permit Activity Reports page.

For other questions regarding a permit, please call the Community Development Department at (805) 461-5035.

What are the hours of construction in the City of Atascadero?

Construction is allowed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Noise Ordinance Section 9-14.03 (c)), or as specified in any applicable conditions of approval or as approved by the Building Official for limited portions of a project.

Can I find out if my neighbor has a permit?

Current and recent permit activity can be searched by address through our Permit Services e-portal

Does my application or permit expire?

Yes. Your permit application is active for one year from the submittal date. That means all department approvals must be granted, all fees (except applicable development impact fees) must be paid, and the permit issued within one calendar year. The expiration date for permits is one year after issuance, with each passed inspection extending the date an additional six months.

If you feel this window cannot be met, reach out to the Permit Technicians for information about requesting an extension before time runs out!

Do I need an appointment to submit for a building permit or planning project?

Most services at the Permit Counter and all (including electronic submittals) project intakes require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (805) 461-5000. Over the counter permit applications can also be submitted with check payment to the locked drop box in the City Hall Lobby. 

Resubmittals do not require an appointment.

Do I need a permit?

See Permit Exempt handout for projects that do not require a permit.


Main Phone:
(805) 461-5035

Schedule an Appointment
(805) 461-5035

Inspection Hotline
(805) 466-8099


6500 Palma Ave.Permit Center