Building Permits

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. A single Building Permit application can be submitted for all work on a project including building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, etc.

Summary of Process

  1. Submit a permit application with plans, and pay initial fees.
  2. Plans are reviewed by a Building Plan Checker- referred to other departments if necessary.
  3. Plan Checker tells you of any changes that need to be made to the plans.
  4. You correct plans and resubmit (if corrections are required).
  5. Plans undergo second plan review.
  6. When all corrections are completed, plans approved and building permit ready for issuance.
  7. Pay remaining fees and pick up permit.
  8. Start construction - call for inspections.
  9. Construction of the proposed work is inspected by the Building Inspector during all phases of the project. Upon successful completion of the final inspection, a certificate of occupancy (inspector's sign off on the building permit final inspection) will be issued.

Get a Building Permit

Step 1. If Planning Division approvals (such as design review or use permit) are needed, you must obtain them before applying for your building permit. You can email a City Planner to inquire: 

OR make an in-person appointment to meet with City staff to get answers to your questions and discuss your project before you submit any forms by calling the appointment line 707-543-4623 or download the City of Santa Rosa QLESS app to make an appointment. 

Step 2.  Fill out a Building Permit Application form

 Your application will need to include up to six (6) sets of plans. Six sets of plans are required for projects in designated high fire severity zones and non-residential tenant improvements/alterations. Seven sets of plans (including landscaping plans) are required for new non-residential projects.  

Step 3.  Submit the application with the Planning and Economic Development Department by emailing the permit application packet to or submit in person by appointment only. To make an in person appointment, call the appointment line 707-543-4623.


The plans must include the following:
  • Plot Plan
    Draw the perimeter of entire parcel. Show all parcel dimensions to scale. Show all existing and proposed buildings. Show the front, side and rear dimensions. Show the lot lines, distance to property lines and other buildings. Show finish and existing ground slope. Show all easements, envelopes, and special requirements of the subdivision as shown on the final map and improvement plans.
  • Floor Plan
    Completely dimension and show location, size and use of each room. Show the location and size of windows and doors. Show electrical outlets, plumbing and heating fixtures. floor area, window area and furnace size on plans. Show energy features and compliance requirement.
  • Foundation Plan
    Completely dimension plan, including interior footings and fireplace support. Label porches, patios, planters, garage, etc. Show post straps and tie-downs where required.
  • Elevations
    Minimum of North, South, East and West four elevation views showing all openings, exterior finish, original and finish grade, stepped footing outline, roof pitch and material.
  • Framing plans
    For floors and roof
  • Cross Section
    Provide true section through building showing structural elements, fireplace section, other sections as needed, earth-to-wood clearances and floor to ceiling heights.
  • Details
    Submit foundation, floor, walls and roof details, beam connections, support of beams at fireplace, etc., special details as required.
All plans require signature of person responsible. A licensed professional must sign certain specific plans or conditions.

Other Information Required

  • Two sets of Green Building Checklists for new buildings
  • Two sets of signed energy calculations, when appropriate
  • Two set of structural calculations, when suitable
  • One set of specifications when appropriate
  • One soils report, if applicable and the soils engineer's foundation plan review letter. Soils report is required for all new buildings and for additions larger than 500 square feet
Leaving any of the above out of your application may cause delays in plan checking and may also be cause for your plans to be returned due to insufficient information.

Conditions to Meet Before the Building Permit is Issued

  • Any conditions of approval (such as right-of-way dedications, etc.) Must be met and any associated fees must be paid.
  • Any required planning actions, such as design review or use permit, must be complete, and conditions of approval addressed.