Who can pull a permit?

1.    Residential property owner

2.    State of California licensed contractor; or

3.    An agent for a residential property owner/contractor (with proper authorization)

A residential tenant of a building CANNOT pull a permit unless appropriately authorized as an agent for the property owner or contractor (see below).




The following documents are required to obtain a building permit in Rancho Palos Verdes:

 Property Owners

1.    Proof of identification (Driver’s License, State Issued ID card, Alien Registration Card or U.S. Passport – photo IDs only)

2.    Proof of ownership if there has been a recent transfer of ownership (e.g., Grant Deed, Escrow Closing Statement)

Trust

If the property is owned by a Trust, a copy of the trust paperwork showing the trustee or executor as an authorized signatory for the property.

Corporation, LLC or Partnership

If the property is owned by a Corporation, LLC or Partnership, you will need to provide a copy of the operating agreement or corporate paperwork from when the corporation was formed, that verifies the President, Vice President, CEO, Partner, or Managing Member.

Condominiums and Townhomes

If the project is in the common area or exterior of a condominium building, a letter of authorization signed by the HOA president is required along with documentation (e.g., HOA minutes) verifying the authenticity of the president’s position with the HOA. Alternatively, authorization from all condominium owners may be considered.

Agents acting on behalf of property owners shall provide the following additional documentation:

1.    Completed "Authorization of Agent to Act on Property Owner’s Behalf" at the bottom of the "Notice to Property Owner Form" with notarized property owner signature.

2.    Proof of identification for authorized agent. The name on the authorization form must match agent’s identification.

 Contractors

1.    Proof of identification (Driver’s License, State issued ID card, Alien Registration Card or U.S. Passport – photo IDs only)

2.    Current City of Rancho Palos Verdes business license

3.    Proof of current State of California Contractor’s License  classification (pocket card);

4.    Proof of valid Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Condominiums and Townhomes

If the scope of work is in the common area or exterior of a condominium building, a letter of authorization signed by the HOA president is required along with the HOA minutes to verify the president.

 Agents of contractors shall provide the following additional documentation:

1.    Letter of Authorization on the contractor’s letterhead authorizing a person (not a business) to pull the building permit.

2.    Proof of identification for authorized agent. The name on the authorization letter must match agent’s identification. 

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1. Who can pull a permit?
2. Construction Rules, Hours, and Holidays
3. When is the new 2022 California Building Standards Code effective?
4. Certificates of Occupancy
5. Violations and Penalties
6. If my project was permitted under the 2019 California Building Standards Code and I need to revise my approved plans, which edition of the codes will be applicable?
7. Pool Modifications Requirements for Public or Multi-Family Dwellings
8. My Permit has expired. What's next?
9. Who do I call if my building is in the unincorporated area, not the Rancho Palos Verdes?
10. Legalize Unpermitted Work
11. When Do I Need a Demolition Permit?
12. Where can I find the original plans for my house?
13. What is the California Building Standards Code?
14. Why do I need a building permit?
15. Can I apply for a permit online?
16. When are permits needed?
17. Can plan check be done over the counter?
18. What type of building inspections are required?
19. Do I need Sanitation District or septic tank approval for my plans?
20. How can I check my permit Inspection results?
21. Emergency repairs without a permit?
22. How do I contact a Building Inspector?
23. Work exempt from permit's?
24. How do I schedule inspections?
25. Do you have plans of my home?
26. Does my contractor need a license?
27. Do all building permits need inspections?
28. Can I view the permit history of a property online?
29. What If I begin work without a permit?
30. Who owns a permit?
31. EV Chargers FAQ
32. Do all permits need a "Final" inspection?
33. Who do I contact about plan check review comments?
34. How long does a plan check take?
35. What do you do if you need to Abandon a Septic Tank?
36. Does my retaining wall need a permit?
37. Do you have Geology/ Tract Files? Can they be emailed?
38. How much will my building permit cost?
39. Do field changes (modifications to approved plans) need to be approved?
40. Do I need to hire someone to draw my plans for me?
41. Can I live in my garage?
42. Can I perform work as owner/builder on my commercial property?
43. How do I check on the plan review status of my permit?
44. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
45. Can I be my own General Contractor or Owner/Builder?
46. Why are all contractors (the electrician, the plumber, the general contractor, etc.) required to be licensed in the City?
47. What is the maximum window U-factor and SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient)?
48. Do I need a permit to replace my driveway or sidewalk or to add Hardscaping?
49. What are setbacks for a property?
50. Why am I being subjected to enforcement when my neighbors are doing the same thing?
51. How do I make a Code Enforcement complaint?
52. How can i find out where my property line is located?
53. How do I legalize an addition or dwelling unit built without permits?
54. How do I get a permit to have a dumpster on the street for my construction debris?
55. How Long are Plan Checks and Permits Valid?
56. How do I expedite a plan check?
57. When may I start building?
58. How can I get a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)?
59. Do I need a permit for a storage shed, playhouse, etc.?