Department of Building Inspection Customer Communication

DBI Update – Permit payment and issuance clarification
May 31, 2024

Dear Customers,

We are following up on the message we sent out on Tuesday about anyone now being able to pay for a building permit regardless of whether they are officially associated with the project. 

We want to clarify that while anyone can apply for or pay for a building permit, the permit can only be issued to the property owner, a California-licensed contractor, or an authorized representative for either of them.

Here’s a package of information detailing who is eligible to obtain a building permit, including the forms required for contractors or authorized representatives to act on behalf of the property owner. We hope this is helpful. 

Please contact us at if you have questions or need additional clarification. 

Thank you.