General FAQ's

What are your hours of operation?

We are open Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm.


What are the construction hours in Huntington Beach?

Monday-Saturday 7:00am-8:00pm

No construction on Sundays or Holidays

For residential areas, work can continue after these times of noise is not exceeding;

55db: 7:00am-10:00pm & 50db: 10:00pm-7:00am


How long is my permit valid for?

Permits are valid for 180 days from the date of issuance.

Permits will also extend 180 days from day of approved inspection (partial approval does not count).


How many sets of plans will I need to submit for a permit?

For a Building Permit you will need to submit 3 sets of plans and 2 sets of calculations if applicable.

For Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Swimming pool, and Sign Permits you will need to submit 2 sets of plans.

Minimum size for plans is 11” x 17”


What are the turnaround times for Plan Check?

1st Submittal-20 business days

2nd Submittal-10 business days

3rd Submittal-5 business days

Revisions-5 business days


What is required to get a Fuse Up permit?

If contractor is pulling permit: contractor will need a City Business License and an Electrical Permit Application.

If tenant is pulling permit: tenant will need the Owner Builder Verification form filled out by the Landlord including a copy of their driver’s license and the Electrical Permit Application.


Where should Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors be installed in my home?

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: One is required on each floor level

Smoke Detectors: One in each sleeping room, one centrally located in the corridor or hallway leading to the sleeping room. For multiple story homes, there needs to be at least one detector on each level.

Note: Detectors should not be installed within 3 feet of any vents or ceiling fans.


What is the difference between the storm drain system and the sewer system?

The storm drain system carries urban runoff to the creeks, beaches and ocean. The sewer system is designed to carry water from indoor plumbing to a wastewater treatment plant where it is treated to meet standards before being discharged.


Is it less expensive for a homeowner to acquire the building permit?

The fees for a building permit are based on the valuation of the project and will be the same fees whether a homeowner or a contractor pulls the permit. However, a contractor may ask the homeowner to pay for his time spent at the Building Division office.


Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Planning Division
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5271
Fax: (714) 374-1648

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