Applying for a Building Permit During COVID-19
TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSIDER USING ONLINE SERVICES
To protect the health and safety of our community and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Services counter at City Hall will have limited public access until further notice. It is highly recommended that those needing to speak directly with City staff call ahead of an office visit to confirm availability. Updates will be made on our website as circumstances change.
The Building Department accepts residential permit application submittals vial email to help serve our customers at this time. Submittals are accepted for the following scope of work:
- Electrical service upgrade for an existing main panel
- Gas inserts
- HVAC repairs, replacement, new installation
- Patio/Pergola structure construction
- Sewer, minor plumbing, fixture replacement
- Swimming Pools/Hot Tubs
- Water Heater install, replace
- Window retrofits
NOTE: Online application submittals are restrcited exclusively to permits outlined above. Any work beyond this scope will not be accepted online. Application submittal does not constitute approval or permit issuance.
Work Requiring a PermitThe Building Department is responsible for issuing building permits and performing building inspections.
A permit is required for most construction and/or repair projects, including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work. Permits are necessary for, but not limited
To obtain a Building Permit, complete the Project Identification Worksheet and submit with corresponding plans or drawings in person or by mail to the Building Department, 336 Pacific Ave, Shafter, CA 93263.
- Residential Prescriptive Certificate of Compliance_Re-Roof
- Residential Roof Vent Requirements_Re-Roof
If the project requires Kern County Fire Department approval, please complete Application for Permit Request for Service.
The Building Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Obtaining a Permit
For additional information regarding the requirements for obtaining a permit, please visit the Home Additions page.
Inspections may be scheduled by calling 661-746-5002 or in person at the Building Department counter located at 336 Pacific Ave, Shafter. When scheduling please have the following information ready:
- Project Address or Location of Inspection
- Day/Date Inspection is Requested
- Type of Inspection
- Permit Number
- AM inspections are between 8 am and 12 pm
- PM inspections are between 1 pm and 5 pm
- Although every effort is made to keep appointments as scheduled, inspections may be delayed or rescheduled without further notice
Re-inspections and Corrections
If a correction notice is given by the inspector, a re-inspection is necessary. The applicant must call the office to reschedule an inspection once the corrections have been made. Fees may be collected for excessive re-inspections of the same scope.
Qualified Personnel It is recommended in most cases to use the services of a qualified professional. This may be required if minimum code requirements are not complied with. Licensed individuals must be bonded and provide their own
This could potentially be a burden for a homeowner not normally covered for these types of exposure. It is recommended you contact your insurance agent and review your coverage before taking on a project.