Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a Building Permit?
A Building Permit allows you the unbiased evaluation of a Building Inspector to assure you that your job meets minimum code standards.

When do I need a Building Permit?
You need a Building Permit for construction, repair, alteration and removal of any building or structure. This includes accessory buildings, retaining walls, masonry walls, pools, patios, gazebos, as well as electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning repairs or alterations.

Where may I apply for a permit and/or submit plans for my project?
You may submit applications and/or plans to:
Development Services Department
150 S. Palm Avenue
Rialto, CA 92376

Does the Building Division accept plans electronically?
The Building Division will accept Solar Energy Permits electronically. Please visit Procedure for Solar Energy Permits for more information.

What hours may I submit my plans and/or permit application and fees?
The Building Division counter is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accept plan check and permit fees.

What is the cost for a Building Permit?
Each permit varies in price, based off of the specifics of the work to be completed. Please see the Building Division Fee Schedule for general fee information, or please contact the Building Division at (909) 820-2505.

What forms of payments are accepted for Building Permit and Plan Check Fees?
The Building Division accepts the following forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, Cash and/or Check.
Please note: All credit card transactions require a 2% service fee. 

What is the turnaround time for the approval of a Building Permit and/or Plan Check?
The turnaround time depends on the scope, type of permit, and complexity of work. Permits for a patio or block wall, may often be reviewed and issued over-the-counter. All others must be routed to various departments/divisions for review, comments, and approval.





For additional information, please contact (909) 820-2505.

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