Building Permit Application

Obtaining A Building Permit

Ready to submit an application package for a building permit? The questions below will help you take this very important step.

Introducing the Recovery Permit Center

The Recovery Permit Center has been established to provide a streamlined building permit process for property owners rebuilding after the CZU Lightning Complex Fires. Once you have submitted a complete application you can expect to hear the result of the review in 7 business days. If plan corrections are required, those are reviewed more quickly. You may check the progress of your permit application by emailing or calling the RPC.

  1. Have you made an application submittal appointment with the RPC?
    You can self-schedule an appointment here. The key to streamlining the building permit review is submitting a complete application package at the start. The RPC team will assist you in assembling all of the documents you need and will preview your material before you submit plans. Review the Steps for Obtaining a Building Permit. Questions about what to submit? Email us at rpc@santacruzcounty.us or give us a call at 831-454-5323.
  2. Are your pre-application clearances completed?
    A complete package includes your three pre-application clearances: Environmental Health Clearance, which addresses water systems and septic systems, Fire Clearance, which addresses access and fire protection requirements, and Permanent Geologic Hazards Clearance, which addresses potential geologic hazards. Click here for more information on the pre-clearance process.
  3. Is a discretionary planning permit triggered by the project?
    Infrequently, in addition to a building permit, a discretionary planning permit is required in order to rebuild. For example, this may happen if there is substantial new grading, new retaining walls, or homes or outbuildings are enlarged beyond the threshold sizes given in the County Code. Planning permits are unlikely to be needed if the rebuild is replacing the same or similar structure in the same or similar location on the lot. Speak with the RPC about any planning permits that might be needed.

As part of our effort to provide the best support for those rebuilding due to the CZU Lightning Complex Fires, a streamlined review process has been created. You can expect to hear the result of the review in 7 business days. If corrections are required, those are reviewed more quickly. You may check the progress by emailing or calling the RPC.