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Building

Need to schedule an inspection for your building permit? Request a building inspection online.

The Building Division was established to protect those who live and work in Carlsbad by enforcing building and safety standards contained in the state Building Codes and various municipal codes and policies.

Climate Action Plan

The City of Carlsbad adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2015 that lead to several ordinances adopted in 2019 to help us reach the required reduction in greenhouse gases. To learn more regarding implementation of the Climate Action Plan you can find the CAP ordinances here. A total of five (5) CAP measures now take effect and impact the requirements for certain building permit types or project thresholds. Unless otherwise stated these ordinances impact both residential and non-residential permit types. Carlsbad now has enhanced requirements that cover:

  • Building Energy Efficiency
  • Photovoltaic (non-residential*)
  • Alternative Hot Water Heating
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Transportation Demand Management (TDM) (non-residential)  

*Photovoltaic requirements affect applications on residential projects with the adoption of the 2019 CALGreen Code anticipated to take effect January 1, 2020.   

Any applicable building permit currently submitted will need to comply with these new requirements. To help you determine if these requirements apply to your project, please review the CAP Consistency Checklist (form B-50) found here.

Submittal Appointments

Most first-time submittals require an appointment. First submittals not requiring an appointment are limited to residential applications for patios, decks, simple plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits, and solar plans. Please call 760-602-2723 to schedule your submittal appointment.

Construction Debris and Recycling

Did you know that most of construction waste is recyclable? Please take a moment to review the Construction and Demolition (C&D) guide for more information. 

The California Green Building Standards code requires at least 65% of non-hazardous construction debris is recycled and/or salvaged for reuse. Applicants for qualifying projects will be required to estimate the construction debris and recycling amounts prior to permit issuance. During construction activity receipts for debris and recycling will be provided to the building inspector prior to final inspection.

Looking for other information?

We also provide both technical and procedural information and reports on building activity. You can also search building permit history for a specific property.

For information regarding the limitations of construction hours, please click here.

Whatever the size of your project, our staff is ready to provide support during every phase of the building permit process. Contact us during regular business hours at the offices on Faraday Ave., by calling 760-602-2719 or by email at building@carlsbadca.gov.