Welcome to the Building Division of the Planning and Economic Development Department. We review building permit applications for compliance with State and local building codes (structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, green building, and energy efficiency) and provide inspection services for all building related construction. The Building Division also administers the City's Code Compliance and Neighborhood Revitalization Programs.
Our mission is to make sure buildings and sites in Santa Rosa are safe and habitable for people to live, work and play. In cooperation with the Community Development, Planning and Engineering Divisions, and other agencies, our obligation is to enforce the intent of legally established codes and regulations without unnecessary impact on owners, builders, and designers.
We strive to be creative, helpful, and responsive with an empathic understanding of customer needs. We encourage willing compliance through promoting public awareness and administer regulations in a thorough, fair, and unbiased manner.
Automated Building Inspection Requests
Code Enforcement Cases requiring building permits
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
*Note: Customers with Code Enforcement matters must have an appointment with a CE officer, or have met with the officer ahead of time.
Building Activity & Performance Reports
Access the monthly, yearly, and fiscal year end reports for building permit activity as well as building and code compliance division performance reports.Link to page
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A Building Permit is required for any new construction, addition, change or repair to a building (including re-roofs, fireplaces, swimming pools, carports, etc.). Only a licensed contractor or owner/builder may be issued a building permit.Link to page
Building Policies & Procedures
Read the requirements for an accessory structure, document submittal, membrane structure policies, window replacements, retaining walls, and other building procedures. All cannabis building permit submittals require a meeting with Building Division staff prior to submittal. Please contact Jesse Oswald, Chief Building Official at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule this meeting. When scheduling the appointment, specific submittal information and requirements will be provided to applicants. Available dates and times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:00PMLink to page
Code Enforcement of HCS
Code Enforcement, a division of the Housing and Community Services Department (HCS), is responsible for assuring the adopted City Zoning and Building Codes are implemented on private property to address general health, life, fire and safety issues facing residents.Link to page
Online Permitting System
The types of Building permits that are available for issuance online are Basic Electrical, Basic Plumbing, Basic Mechanical, and Residential Re-roof Building permits that do not require plan check or Design Review. Only licensed contractors may obtain Building permits using the online permitting system through the Accela Citizen Access On-Line Permitting System.Link to page
Public Art in Private Development
The City of Santa Rosa has a strong commitment to promoting arts programming and public art as well as enhancing the quality of life for residential and business members of our community.Link to page
Regulatory Agencies & Other Resources
Access information and links to the American Planning Association, Americans with Disabilities Act, Building Industry Association,Energy Commission, North Coast Builders Exchange, and other helpful resources.Link to page