Article 2a. Building Permits of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 13. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 2a.
No person shall construct a building subject to this chapter
unless he has obtained a written permit for that purpose from the
appropriate enforcement agency.
Any person desiring a permit shall file an application
therefor with the appropriate enforcement agency, which application
(a) The name and address of the applicant.
(b) A detailed written statement of the work to be done.
The applicant shall file with his application:
(a) A complete set of the plans of the work proposed.
(b) A set of specifications describing the materials to be used in
(c) The fee prescribed for filing an application for a building
The governing body of any county or city, including a
charter city, may adopt an ordinance prescribing fees for filing
applications pursuant to this chapter, but the fees shall not exceed
the amount reasonably required by the local enforcement agency to
issue permits pursuant to this chapter, and shall not be levied for
general revenue purposes. The fees shall be imposed pursuant to
Section 66016 of the Government Code. Where the Department of Housing
and Community Development is the enforcement agency, the Commission
of Housing and Community Development may establish a schedule of fees
to pay the cost of administration and enforcement of this chapter.
All rules and regulations promulgated by the commission under the
authority of this part shall be promulgated pursuant to Chapter 3.5
(commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of
the Government Code.
Where work for which a permit is required by this chapter
is started or proceeded with prior to the obtaining of such permit,
the fees prescribed in Section 19132.3 shall be doubled. The payment
of such double fee does not relieve any person from fully complying
with the requirements of this chapter in the execution of the work.
The enforcement agency shall determine the cost of the
work to be done for which the applicant desires a permit, and shall
be guided by approved estimating practices. The enforcement agency
shall keep a permanent account of all fees received under this
chapter, the names of the persons upon whose account the same were
paid, the date and the amount thereof, and the location of the
building or premises to which they relate. All fees received shall be
paid into the treasury of the city or county.
The United States, the State of California, school or
other districts, counties and cities shall not be required to pay a
fee for filing an application for a building permit pursuant to this
The enforcement agency shall examine the application, plans,
and specifications filed with it by an applicant, and if it appears
that the work to be done will not result in a violation of this
chapter, shall approve them and issue a permit to the applicant.
The enforcement agency may approve changes in any
application, plans, or specifications previously approved by it.
The enforcement agency may revoke any permit if the
permittee refuses, fails, or neglects to comply with any provision of
this chapter, or if it finds that any false statement or
misrepresentation was made in the application, plans, or
specifications filed by the permittee.
The work authorized by a permit shall be performed only in
accordance with the application, plans, and specifications filed by
The issuance of a permit does not constitute approval of any
violation of any provision of this chapter.
In any case where a building subject to this chapter is also
subject to any permit provisions of the rules and regulations
promulgated pursuant to the provision of the State Housing Law, it
shall not be necessary to make duplicate filings of plans and
specifications hereunder, to include in the application a detailed
statement of the work to be done, nor shall it be necessary to pay a
fee for filing an application for a building permit under this
chapter if a fee is prescribed by local ordinance for a permit under
the State Housing Law. In such cases, the application hereunder may
contain a general statement of the work to be done, with a specific
reference to the application, plans, and specifications filed under
the State Housing Law.