How Do I Apply for a Permit?

The City of Pismo Beach is currently accepting all submittals electronically. Please complete the appropriate application type, found in the Documents & Forms tab, and submit to All documents must be provided in PDF format with all plan pages in a single document, application in a separate document, and any supporting reports in another. File naming requirements and necessary plan information can be found in the Building Permit Application Checklist.

Additions: Prior to making application, the following questions should be answered; Does my project change the footprint of the building by adding square footage? Is there a change of use for the space? Are there exterior changes being proposed? If your answer is "Yes" to any of the above, then you will need Planning approval prior to submitting a Building application. Planning questions should be sent to . Please put planning approval in the subject line, and include your desired project scope in the body of the email to ensure your request is addressed as efficiently as possible.

Fill out an application (you can find in our Documents and Forms under Building Division) and submit to . Please attach a complete set of plans as a single PDF document plus any supporting information in separate PDFs. If you have any questions about fees, please call our Building Division at 805-773-7040. A plan review fee is required prior to review and a fee estimate will be provided by email once your application is processed.

Tenant improvements:
It's a good idea to consult with a Planner prior to bringing in a submittal. Planning questions should be sent to . If you are ready to submit to the Building Division, we will require a completed application, plans, and any supporting documents in PDF format. A plan review fee is required prior to routing for review. Our Permit Technician can provide you with fee estimates at 805-773-7040. Please note that Fee estimates may change during the review process as the scope is determined.

New SFR's:
These projects will require Planning approval prior to submitting to the Building Division. Once you have your Planning approval, your submittal package may be submitted to An application, plans, and supporting documents in separate PDF files will be required.