City of Lakeport, California



Building Permit Overview

A building permit is needed for almost any project that involves building or altering a structure or its plumbing, mechanical, or electrical systems. Staff in the Department of Planning & Building review applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a construction permit. No construction activity can start until a construction permit has been issued.

Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.

We place a priority on providing you with a high level of service and the resources necessary to keep your project moving.

There can be many aspects to a building project, including architecture, electrical and plumbing, and the City's objective is to ensure the finished project meets its safety, aesthetical, and community standards.

Some projects may require blueprints or third-party environmental impact reports. Others, like a reroofing project on an existing structure may only require a written estimate from a licensed contractor.  The City's Planning Division is responsible for pre-approving construction project plans.

Once approval is granted, a permit is issued for the construction to begin.  The construction generally must be completed within 180 days from the issuance of the permit.

A City building inspector may need to inspect the project during or after the construction to ensure the work is being done according to the approved plans and City building codes.  These inspections are specified in the permit and may occur without the need for the home or business owner to be present. The City may also engage the services of pre-approved outside inspectors for certain types of construction projects. After the final inspection, building permit records and copies of approved plans are kept on file at the City as required by state law.  These records are available for public access at the Building Department located at City Hall.  There is a retrieval fee for any records requested that have been archived.

Building permits are typically required for the following types of projects:

  • New Construction
  • Building Additions (e.g. bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, etc.)
  • Residential Improvements (e.g. pools/spas, patios/decks, retaining walls, etc.)
  • Residential Interior Renovations/Remodels (e.g. kitchens, bathrooms, interior walls, etc.)
  • Electrical, Wiring, Upgrade Electrical Service
  • Grading
  • Plumbing
  • Signs
  • Demolition
  • Commercial remodels, alterations and renovations
  • Tenant Improvements
  • HVAC Change-out
  • Water Heaters
  • Re-roofs (Tear Off and Overlay)
  • Window Replacement, Siding 
  • Walls over 6 feet - See Planning Division for Zoning requirements
  • Patio Covers
  • Solar energy systems