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In-Person Services Temporarily Suspended

March 16, 2020
The City of Carlsbad will temporarily suspend all in-person services in response to today’s San Diego County public health order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Submittal Appointments and How to Submit

April 28, 2020
In-person submittal appointments are suspended temporarily during the COVID-19 emergency. We are still accepting new permit applications and resubmittals. To support this, there is a drop-off and pick up location set up just outside the Faraday Center at 1635 Faraday Ave, Carlsbad.

Drop-off/Pick ups 

To submit your project or pick up plan check comments, you can drop off completed permit applications and plans in the bin marked “Building Submittals” located outside the Faraday Center. Please allow 2-3 days for processing. Plan check comments and permit sets are picked up in a separate bin marked “Building Pick ups”. Building staff coordinates pick ups and drop-offs.


You can also mail/courier your permit submittals to us at:

City of Carlsbad
Attn: Building Counter
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

(Limited) Electronic Submittals

Submittals that do not require plan checks can be submitted via email. These are limited to residential applications for simple plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits, and most solar plans (i.e.: roof mounted <10 kw).Please email completed application and any supporting documents to building@carlsbadca.gov. To avoid confusion, please contact the building counter email or phone line for any questions on those applications that can be emailed.

Standard Plan Checks

All other applications requiring plan checks require hard copies of applications/plans/reports per the minimum submittal checklists.

Please call 760-602-2719 or email building@carlsbadca.gov for building counter inquiries.

Need to schedule and 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.

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.