When is a Permit required?

Building permits are required for new construction, remodeling and tenant Improvements, repairs, and changes of occupancy category for both Commercial and Residential projects. Construction plans and documents are reviewed for compliance with applicable State and local laws and regulations.

Mechanical permits are required for installation, reconstruction, replacement, or relocation of mechanical equipment, such as furnaces, air conditioning units, hoods, boilers, ductwork, and others.

Plumbing permits are required for installation, reconstruction, replacement, or relocation of plumbing fixtures such as sewer, water and gas lines, water heaters, sinks, water closets and others.

Electrical permits are required for the installation, reconstruction, replacement, or relocation of electrical equipment and electrical installations associated with other equipment, such as outlets, lighting fixtures, electrical wiring, electrical panels and services, signs and others.

In addition to the above listed permits, Special permits are required for such activities as Demolition, Occupancy Certifications, Installation of Signs, Mobile Homes, Pools and Spas. In some cases permits may be required from outside agencies such as Santa Clara Health Department, Water Pollution Control Plant, Bay Area Air Quality District, PG&E and others.

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1. What are the Building and Safety Department contacts and hours?
2. When is a Permit required?
3. When is a Building Permit not required?
4. When is an Electrical Permit not required?
5. When is a Mechanical Permit not required?
6. When is a Plumbing Permit not required?
7. How can I get an estimate for the Building Permit fees?
8. Which fees do I have to pay at submittal time and also after my plans are approved?
9. Which permits can be obtained online, (E-Permits)?
10. Which permits can be obtained over the counter?
11. Can I setup an appointment for reviewing my plans?
12. Can I request "overtime" (after hours) plan check?
13. What will happen after I submit my plans for review?
14. How long does it take to review my plans?
15. Who can obtain a Building Permit after the plans are approved?
16. Can I do work before obtaining a Building Permit if plans are already submitted for review?
17. What are the applicable codes used by the City of Milpitas, Building and Safety?
18. What are the design wind load and wind exposure that must be used for structures constructed in the City of Milpitas?
19. How can I schedule an inspection?
20. Can I schedule an inspection online?
21. How can I cancel or reschedule an inspection?
22. How much is a re-inspection fee and when is the re-inspection fee applicable?