Building Safety

Overview

Building Safety Division

The Building Safety Division is responsible for permitting and inspection of construction projects within the City. The Carmel Municipal Code in Title 15 adopts the codes enumerated in the CA Code of Regulations, Title 24; including the CA Administrative, Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Energy, and Green Building Standards Codes. The Division:

  • Reviews permit applications and construction documents  to ensure compliance with the requirements of Carmel Municipal Code (CMC) and issues permits for approved projects;
  • Inspects permitted work periodically to verify it is in accordance with the approved plans and code requirements;
  • Issues a Certificate of Occupancy upon completion of permitted projects;
  • Consults with the public on building construction matters;
  • Coordinates with the Carmel Fire Department on enforcement of the CA Fire Code;
  • Coordinates with the Planning Division on review of projects submitted for Design Review, use permit approvals, and business license applications;
  • Coordinates with the Public Works Department on infrastructure projects, encroachment permits, traffic control plans, stormwater management, end environmental protection efforts for construction sites; and
  • Coordinates with the Code Enforcement Division on enforcement actions related to buildings and structures within the City.
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Stop Work Orders and Emergency Permits

Stop Work Order Investigation Fee Implementation

Title 15 of the Carmel Municipal Code requires construction permits (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and fire codes) for certain work within the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Failure to obtain a required permit PRIOR to beginning work is unfair to the City’s legitimate construction industry; wastes taxpayers dollars; puts building owners in jeopardy; is a violation punishable by law; and will result in a Stop Work Order being issued.

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Applications & Informational Handouts
Building Safety Division

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea has created a consolidated application form for all permits issued under the authority of Carmel Municipal Code, Title 15. Applicants complete the form, marking the appropriate type of work proposed at the top. For one- and two-family residential projects where complete plumbing, electrical, and mechanical plans are submitted at the time of application, the applicant may request multiple permits on the same application.

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How to Apply for a Building Permit

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea requires a building permit application for any projects that affect: demolition, structural additions or changes, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work. For one- and two-family residential projects where complete plumbing, electrical, and mechanical plans are submitted at the time of application, the applicant may request multiple permits on the same application.

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Storm Water Requirements

The City’s storm drain system is important infrastructure that prevents flooding when it rains. The system includes: 

  • gutters and surface drainage on streets,
  • storm drain inlets, and
  • storm drain pipes and outfalls. 

Storm drains flow directly into surface water bodies without any treatment, so it is critical to keep stormwater pollutant free.