Building Permits

Please Note: As of September 1, 2017, customers paying by debit or credit card will be charged a 2.4% service fee for certain transactions. Review the press release for more information.

Building permits are important in protecting your safety and the safety of those around you. The City of Modesto requires permits so that it can ensure that construction is being done properly and in accordance with all life safety requirements and all building codes.

Example: If you are planning on adding on a room to your house, you will need a permit to do the work. If you have a commercial building and need to make some building modifications, you will need a permit in order to complete the work.

Online Permits

Available for water heaters, HVAC, reroofs, electrical services

You may now apply for simple permits. Homeowners can apply for water heater replacements and reroof permits. Contractors can apply for HVAC, electrical services, water heaters and reroofs. Apply for your permit online now.

Other Permits

1. Submit Building Plans

For most projects, you will need to submit building plans. The requirements for submitting building plans varies by what type of project you are working on.

The following links contain specific requirements when submitting building plans:
Where to submit plans: Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street
3rd Floor
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-577-5232

Note: You will be required to pay a Pre-Plan Check Fee at this time. Staff will inform you of the amount at the time you submit your building plans.

2. Pay Fees

Once your plans are approved, you will need to pay for any plan review costs, building permits or other fees that may apply to your project.

Where to go: Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street
3rd Floor
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-577-5232

How much: Please visit our Fees page for current fees.

3. Permit Issuance

When your plans are approved and at the time you pay your fees, the Building Safety Division will issue the required permits for your project.

4. Schedule Inspections

Before covering up or building over any permitted work, you will need to call and request an inspection. Inspections are required to ensure that all work was completed correctly, based on building and safety codes currently in effect.

If an encroachment permit was required for your project, schedule off-site inspections with the Public Works Department at 209-342-2284.

How to schedule an inspection: See the Building Inspection page.

5. Completion

After your final inspection, your project will be considered complete.