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Building Department

Fountain Valley New Electronic Plan Check Center - Read Below or Click Here

Ready to save time and money by submitting your next plan check project online?

The City of Fountain Valley’s new Electronic Plan Check Center web page includes step-by-step instructions to walk you through the permit application process. We are currently accepting online applications for the following permit types.

By submitting your plans in electronic format (PDF), most of the costs associated with paper plan scan be eliminated and applicants can monitor the plan check status of their projects via the Internet and receive email alerts from city staff as the project is being reviewed.

Steps to submit your Permit application for Plan Check:

Supporting documents may include, but are not limited to, Plan Review Submittal Criteria Checklist, Structural Calculations, Title-24 documents, Geotech Report, Soils Report, Homeowners Association (HOA) approval documents, etc.

Click here to download instructions for preparing your documents for electronic submittal.

Video Tutorial

Click Here to watch our ‘how-to’ video to get you started submitting your next permit application online.

ATTENTION: California's 2013 Building Codes became effective on January 1, 2014.

Under the direction of the Planning Director, the building safety division ensures that the construction of all buildings and structures within the City are built in compliance with applicable codes and standards.  This division is responsible for permit issuance, plan review, and inspections.

The Building counter is open:

7AM-5PM Monday-Thursday

7AM-4PM every other Friday 

We are closed on Legal Holidays

The Building Official is available at the counter for assistance daily from 7AM-11AM. 

The City has adopted the following codes:

Our building permit application and several handouts/reference materials are available on this website below for your convenience.

PLAN SIZE MINIMUM IS 18" X 24" AND THE MAXIMUM PLAN SIZE IS 24" X 36"

PERMITS ARE REQUIRED WHEN:

Any owner, contractor or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, covert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permits.

WORK EXEMPT FROM PERMITS:

  1. One story detached accessory building used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet. ** (Check with Planning Department for setback requirements)
  2. Fences not over 6 feet high and block walls not over 3 feet.
  3. Oil derricks.
  4. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding a Class I, II or III-A liquids.
  5. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1.
  6. Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
  7. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets,counter tops and similar finish work.
  8. Temporary motion picture, televisions and theater stage sets and scenery.
  9. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposed, not including service systems.
  10. Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two- family dwellings.
  11. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of GroupR-3 and U occupancies.
  12. Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counter and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches high.

Unless otherwise exempted, separate electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits will be required for the above-exempted items.

Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.

BUILDING PEMITS AND INFORMATION

Click on titles below to access information handouts: