Yes, you will need an electric permit. You will also need to contact SDG&E to obtain a “service order package” to insure that the proposed work complies with SDG&E’s standards and regulations. SDG&E will disconnect your utilities to enable your electrician to complete the project and will then reconnect them after the Building Inspector notifies them that the work has passed a final inspection.
A building permit is a license that grants legal permission to start construction of a building project. Permits allow the enforcement of the codes that have been adopted as law by the State of California. They enable the building official to ensure that the design and construction meets minimum code requirements and that the appropriate materials are used.
Inspections occur from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can request a morning or afternoon inspection, and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule. An adult must be present to allow the inspector access to the site. Special arrangements may be made by contacting the Building Division at 760-602-2700 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. the day of the inspection.
To schedule an inspection, please call our automated line, 760-602-2725, prior to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note, the inspection will be scheduled for the next business day unless otherwise stated. You may also call 760-602-2700 during normal business hours to schedule an inspection.
The best way to determine the property lines is to have the property lines professionally surveyed. However, before you hire a professional surveyor, you can contact Land Development Engineering at 760-602-2750 to access the subdivision map and construction plans that pertain to your property. The map will identify property line dimensions and construction plans may provide a reference locations which can be a helpful tool when determining the location of your property lines.
Right-of-way is any public street, sidewalk, easement, or similar public property owned or controlled by the city and dedicated to public use. If any work is performed or any materials stored within the city’s right-of-way, you will need a right-of-way permit.
No. Dumpsters are not allowed in the paved street section or allowed on sidewalks. If you would like to place a dumpster within a street right-of-way (not within the paved street section or blocking a sidewalk), you will need to obtain a right-of-way permit. For more information about the variety of options available to rent, trash service is provided by Waste Management.
To obtain a right-of-way permit, please fill out the application and traffic control plan. These applications can be submitted via email or in person at the city offices located at 1635 Faraday Avenue.
Most right-of-way is 10 feet back from the face of the curb. However, to verify, please visit the Land Development Engineering’s counter during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and on Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also call our front counter staff at 760-602-2750.
Most soils reports are available through the city’s document management system. If you do not have success online, please call 760-602-2750 or visit the Land Development Engineering counter during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The city’s document management system allows you to search for a wide range of documents including soil/drainage reports, transportation and development reports. The system is also a great tool for researching the city’s subdivision maps and drawings.
The best way to determine static water pressure is to use a pressure gauge that threads on to a hose bib. Otherwise, to get a rough estimate of your static water pressure, calculate the approximate static pressure by subtracting the elevation above sea level from the hydraulic grade line (upstream tank elevation) and multiply the difference by 0.433. To determine the hydraulic grade line, contact the Land Development Engineering division.
The zoning ordinance outlines the type of uses permitted in various locations throughout the city. A list of permitted uses (by right or conditionally) for each zoning designation is located within the zoning ordinance.
The majority of signs require the review and approval of a sign permit. The Planning Division will review the sign permit to verify that the proposed sign will comply with the sign ordinance or an approved sign program. Please see the sign ordinance for exempt or prohibited signs. Additionally, you can contact the Building Division at 760-602-2719 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see if a building permit is needed.
To operate a business out of your home, a business license is required, and Planning is one of many divisions that must approve the business license. Please review Section 21.10.040 – Home Occupations – in the Carlsbad Municipal Code for standards and requirements. For more specific information regarding a home occupied business, please contact the Planning Division at 760-602-4610.