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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 consists of several recently-adopted ordinances to help us reach the required reduction in greenhouse gases here in Carlsbad. Two of those ordinances, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and electric vehicle charging become effective April 11, 2019. This means any applicable building permit submitted after April 11, 2019 will need comply with these new requirements. To help you determine if these requirements apply to your project you can find the new CAP ordinances 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.