City of Gustine Building Department
The City of Gustine Building Department provides services to assure that the buildings constructed in the City of Gustine are built to the standards as defined in the building codes and construction standards adopted by the City of Gustine, thus giving the citizens of Gustine the best possible buildings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a building permit?
Building permits are required to ensure that specific minimum standards are met in construction, altering or repairing buildings.
When do I need a building permit?
Building permits are required for the following:
• New residential housing
• New commercial and industrial buildings
• Detached garages
• Shed or storage buildings greater than 120 square feet
• Tenant Improvements
• New or upgraded electrical
• New plumbing fixtures
• Window Replacement where flange is altered and/or structural or weather tight
conditions must be considered
• Water Heater replacements
• Electrical Service Change
• HVAC Change-outs
If you are not sure of your project, please call (209) 854-9415.
Who is responsible for obtaining a building permit?
The property owner is responsible for obtaining a building permit. A licensed contractor or any other person authorized by the owner may submit and sign the application with written authorization from the owner.
When do I apply for a building permit?
A building permit must be obtained before beginning any work. Sufficient lead-time should be provided for plan examination, making corrections and permit issuance. In emergency cases, such as fires or to correct hazardous conditions, the waiting period may be waved.
What happens if plans are not followed as submitted or work has begun without a permit?
Work begun without a permit or work that differs from an obtained permit will be stopped. Before resumption, a stop work order penalty must be paid and a permit that accurately describes the work must be obtained. Un-permitted work violates building and zoning codes.
What is required to apply for a building permit?
Applicants should know the legal address of the property. They should know the name, address and license number of a contractor listed on the application and the estimated value of the work. Any supporting documents for this project, such as plans, structural, truss and energy calculations should be submitted at this time.
What happens after I obtain a building permit?
Inspections are required at various stages of construction. A final inspection is required on all permits. After you have obtained a building permit and would like an inspection, you can call the building department to schedule an inspection. Inspection requests should be called in by 4:30 pm on the business day prior to inspection. Any calls to our answering machine after hours may or may not be scheduled for the following day, depending on work load.
Where do I apply for a building permit?
Apply for building permits at City Hall, 352 5th Street, Gustine.
Applications for Re-roofs, Water Heater Change-outs and HVAC change-outs may be faxed to (209) 854-2127. All supporting documents must accompany HVAC change-out applications.
What is Plan Check and is there a Plan Check Fee?
All plans for buildings, alterations, tenant improvements, remodels, fire sprinklers, signs, pools, patios etc. must be reviewed prior to issuing a permit. This is the Plan Check process. Some small projects may be reviewed by the supervising building inspector and may take a matter of days. Others will be required to be reviewed by the Plan Check Department and may take up to three weeks per review. A plan check deposit is required. This deposit will be applied to the cost of your building permit.
Please see Planning Department for specific information regarding plans that must be approved by planning prior to submitting to the building department.
Fences and accessory buildings which may not require a building permit do require zoning approval.
Call (209) 854-9415 and ask for an application to be faxed to you if you're unable to download them.