Building and Safety Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of projects do I need a building permit for?
A building permit is required for structural, mechanical, plumbing, or electrical additions and modifications including, but not limited to: room additions, patio covers, block walls, re-roof¹, water heaters, electrical upgrade, HVAC² unit, and more. Permit fees may vary depending on type and valuation of work. To access the Construction Permit Application follow the link here.
¹ Denotes that the required submittal of the Construction Permit Application and CF-1R-ALT-Reroof form
² Denotes that the required submittal of the Construction Permit Application and CF-1R-ALT form
Where do we go to get permits?
Plumbing, electrical, water heater change outs, HVAC change outs, and re-roofs, you should come to our building to obtain a permit.
Where do we go for larger projects?
Any room additions, patio covers, swimming pools, tenant improvements, fences/walls over 3ft, please stop by the Planning Department located inside city hall first for a plot plan.
How can I get copies of the City’s plans for my building?
The City of Grand Terrace currently retains copies of all plans that are approved for construction. This was not always the case and many plans for building constructed prior to 1985 were not retained. As a project is completed, the approved plans are stored.State law stipulates that plans become copyrighted documents when an architect or engineer has placed their professional seal upon them. As such, they may not be duplicated without the written authorization of the architect or engineer who prepared them. The law also requires the owner authorize the duplication of the plans. If you would like to determine if the City has copies of a particular building, contact us in the Building Department at (909) 825-3825 so we have time to research the file and determine if the requested plans are available. If we have copies you will be able to view them in our department. If you wish to have copies of the plans, then you will need to complete the Authorization Form, located below, to Duplicate Approved Plans and return it to us after you have acquired all of the required signatures from the design professional and owner of the building.
Upon completing and returning the forms to us, you will contact a reproduction vendor and have them pick-up the plans from the Building Department. You will conduct business directly with that vendor as far as the cost of the duplication of the plans from microfilm. The vendor will return the microfilm to City Hall after they have completed their duplication process.
When do I get my utilities turned on?
Generally, when a building project is completed, and all of the required Departments have granted a final approval for the project, the Building and Safety Division will release electrical and gas clearances to the utility providers so that they can work with the tenant or owner to schedule a turn on date. Please contact the Building & Safety Division if you have further concerns.
What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
Certificate of Occupancy is a legal document that is issued by the Building and Safety Division which certifies that a specific building has been inspected by all necessary City Departments and that it complies with the applicable regulations.
How long does it take to receive a building permit?
Permits that do not require a plan submittal are available for over-the-counter issuance. If a plan is required, the timeline is between 7-14 days, depending on the project's complexity. Building Department Staff can estimate a timeline upon submittal.
Building Permit Technician
22795 Barton Rd.
Grand Terrace, CA 92313
Ph: (909) 824-6621 ext. 250
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM