Permits & Review

The Building and Safety Division is currently accepting applications and plans at our public counter, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Masks, temperature checks and social distancing practices are required while visiting us.

Obtaining a Building Permit

Either a California Licensed Contractor with owner authorization or the Homeowner as an Owner-Builder can apply for a building permit (Per 2019 California Building Code (CBC) 105.1). The Licensed Contractor must have a valid State of California Contractor's License in good standing and a City of Rialto business license. Proof of Worker's Compensation insurance must be provided. If the owner of the property chooses to obtain a building permit, the identity of the owner must be verified by providing photo identification and signature.   All permits require a completed and signed Property Owner Authorization Form (PDF).


Permit Process

  • Receive Planning division clearance to proceed to plan check
  • Submit Building Permit Application with itemization, property owner authorization form, plans and plan check fee
  • Project review
  • Final fees calculated and collected
  • Permit issuance
  • Schedule necessary inspections 

Review Process

Once the project is in Plan Review, the initial review and subsequent reviews can take up to 12 to 14 business days. The Building Division will notify the applicant once a review is complete or if corrections are needed. To check on the status of a project, please call us at 909-820-2505 or email Building and Safety with your permit or project number. Over the counter, a review is typical with standard block walls, patio covers, water heaters, windows and electrical panel upgrades.  Solar reviews will take 3 to 5 business days.

Permit & Project Expiration

Per the California Building Code, permits expire after 180 days (6 months) of inactivity. To keep a permit from expiring, a valid inspection needs to be completed within the initial 180 days. There is a new code cycle every 3 years and if a project has been suspended or abandoned for more than 180 days, it may need to be revised to meet the most current code cycle. If your project is close to 180 days of inactivity, please contact the Building Division to discuss the status and request an extension. 

Permit Cancellation/Extension/Refund (PDF).

Permit History Search

To check the permit history for a specific property, public records searches and requests can be made by clicking here.