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Below is a list of common projects that require a building permit. If you have questions on whether your project requires a building permit, you should contact the Building and Safety Division for a determination. Please note that all projects may not be allowed in all zoning districts. It is recommended that you contact the Planning Division prior to any significant investment in your project.
Building Permit Application
Permit by Fax Program
Common Projects that REQUIRE a Building Permit
- New construction of a home or commercial building
- New construction of an accessory building (see exemptions)
- Additions or alteration of an existing home, accessory building, or commercial building
- Moving/demolishing a building
- Occupancy of an existing commercial building for a new commercial uses
- New installation or replacement of windows
- Fences over six (6) feet in height
- Masonry fences and walls (see exemptions)
- Patio covers
- Decks over thirty (30) inches off the ground or any height if attached to the home
- Retaining walls (see exemptions)
- Replace the roof on a house, garage or other structure
- Replace the siding on a house or garage
- Addition of an enclosed patio
- Installation of a swimming pool or hot tub
- Remodeling of a garage
- Sign installations
- Alteration of interior walls
- Installation of a wood-burning stove or fireplace
- Replacement/installation of water heaters and water softeners
- Hot tub or whirlpool installation
- Replacement of mechanical equipment
- Any type of electrical, heating or plumbing alteration/improvement/addition
- Replacement of furnace or central air conditioner
- Alteration of a kitchen/bathroom
- Installation of a ceiling fan
Below is a list of common projects that are exempt from a building permit. If you have questions on whether your project is exempt, you may contact the Building and Safety Division for a determination. Although many of these projects do not require a building permit, they do have minimum setback standards that are enforced by the Planning Division. Please contact the Planning Division for setback requirements.
Common Projects that DO NOT Require a Building Permit:
- Construction of a single-story detached accessory building used as tool or storage shed, playhouse, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet
- Replacement of a non-masonry fence in the same location
- Construction of a retaining wall not over four (4) feet in height as measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of a wall
- Change of flooring, carpet, inlaid tiles or wood
- Painting, papering, and similar finish work
- Platforms, walks and driveways not more than thirty (30) inches above grade
Click here for a detailed list of other projects that are exempt from a building permit.
Work Done Without Required Permits
City ordinances and state statutes require building permits. If you do not get a building permit when it is required, the city can legally fine you for the violation for every day the work is not in compliance. The permit and accompanying inspections are to ensure you that the work is "up to code" and safe. Projects not done according to code can affect your home's insurability and potential future sale. Prospective buyers can check the city's building records.
Work that was done without obtaining required permits is a violation of the State Building Code and is considered illegally constructed work. There are no statutes of limitation on illegal construction. If any work has been done illegally in the past or if change of ownership has occurred does not make the non-permitted work legal.
In order to legalize the work, you must comply to the current codes regardless when the construction was done. You may contact the Building and Safety Division at (916) 727-4760 for further information.
A homeowner, their agent, and/or contractors licensed by the State of California can obtain building permits. It is recommended that a licensed contractor conduct work on your project. You can research information on any contractor by logging onto the Contractors Licensing Board's Web site or you may contact them at (800) 321-CSLB (2752).
Citrus Heights Municipal Code Sec. 18-28:
Section 303.4 Every building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical permit issued by the building official under this code shall expire two (2) years after the date of issuance, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is not commenced within 180 days from the date the permit is issued, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days any time after the work is commenced. Once the permit is expired, no work can be performed until a new permit is obtained.
If the original permit expired due to a failure to commence the work within 180 days or because the work was suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days, and if a new permit is sought within two years after the issuance of the original permit, the replacement permit fee shall be one half of the amount of the amount required for a new permit.
Any permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for an extension of the time within which he or she may continue and complete the work under that permit. Upon a showing to the building official that's the permittee was unable to commence, continue or complete the work within the time required for good and satisfactory reasons, the building official may extend the permit for a period of 180 days. All requests for extensions must be in writing and must be received by the building official prior to the expiration of the permit. All requests must demonstrate that circumstances beyond the control of the permittee have prevented the timely completion of the work. No permit shall be extended more than once. (Ord. No. 2010-008, S 2, 12-9-2010)
Stop Work Orders
If you have received a stop work order, you should immediately contact the Building and Safety Division to clear the order.
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