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Building and Safety

Online Services

Schedule a building inspection using our online application.

Schedule Inspection

Check your plan review status using our online application.

Plan Review Status

Additional online applications include Research Property and Search for a Permit

The Planning & Community Development Department’s Building & Safety Division is committed to serving as partners for solutions in the development of safe, healthy and economically viable neighborhoods. Its role is to ensure the long-term competitive position of the Pasadena’s housing stock leveraging the partnerships with the public and private sectors. The Building & Safety Division accomplishes this through the development of ordinances, enforcement of the city’s zoning and housing and environmental codes.

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Permit Center

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The Permit Center is a One-Stop-Shop where staff from multiple departments provide all development review and permitting services for customers.

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Permit Applications and Forms Search

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Informational Handouts

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Find handouts & forms provided by the Building & Safety Division for informational and permit approval purposes.

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License Lookup

For your convenience, we have provided links (see below) for you to look up a license of any licensed contractor, architects, engineers & land surveyors, and geologists & geophysicists in the State of California.

Low Impact Development

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Low Impact Development, it is a stormwater management strategy that emphasizes conservation and the use of …

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Other Agencies Information

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Find links to additional agencies that assist in the development process.

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Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance

With an aging building stock in a seismically active region, Pasadena has recently begun to explore the need for a local ordinance requiring seismic retrofits to certain categories of potentially vulnerable buildings. Previously, the State of California mandated unreinforced masonry buildings (URMs) to be seismically retrofitted, or vacated and boarded up, or demolished, and Pasadena was successful in attaining full compliance prior to the 2007 deadline. But several other categories of vulnerable buildings remain and the most effective tool available to reduce the risks associated with structural vulnerabilities is to adopt a local ordinance which mandates retrofits. One such category of vulnerable buildings are soft-story buildings. Soft-story buildings are wood-framed buildings with more than one story that typically have extensive ground story windows, garage doors, or open-air spaces (such as parking) with little or no solid walls.

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Permit Center Hours

Wed 15

Permit Center Hours

August 15 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
175 North Garfield Avenue
Thu 16

Permit Center Hours

August 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
175 North Garfield Avenue
Fri 17

Permit Center – CLOSED

August 17
175 North Garfield Avenue