Building Division News Update – 6/25/2018


The Carmel-by-the-Sea Building Division looks to continually update contractors, architects, designers, and the general public about upcoming process changes and informational items.

E-Permitting Update

After months of preparation, the Building Safety Division has begun its “beta test” of our electronic permitting system. When fully operational the system will enable our customers to obtain building construction permits on-line.

A full process guide will be made available to the public in order to assist individuals in transitioning to the electronic submittal process. A brief overview is provided below:

  • Applicants will submit their application and associated forms through the City’s iWorQ permitting system and a drive sharing system for large files such as plans and calculations.
  • Plans may be submitted in a .JPG, .PDF, or .DWG to accommodate varying program types.
  • Plans are reviewed in electronic format, with review comments affixed electronically to the plan sheets and included in a request for information letter consistent with our current method.
  • Response to corrections, plan revisions, correspondence, and additional documents are all maintained in a drive exclusive to the applicant, ensuring privacy and a secure audit trail.

“E-permitting saves paper, time, and money for applicants and the City” said Carmel Building Official Dick Bower. “Similar systems have been in use around the State and Nation for years with great success” Bower continued, “The village will soon have the option of ‘old-school’ and ‘high-tech’ permitting systems as preferred by the applicant”.

During this testing period, the Division is focusing on smaller projects which don’t require Planning Division review i.e: bathroom remodels, electrical re-wiring, interior renovations. When fully operational the system will expand to include Planning and Public Works permit applications.

For more information on the E-permitting program contact the Building Safety Division at 831-620-2065.

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.

In an effort to discourage illegal work without permits, beginning July 1, 2018 the Carmel City Council has approved an Investigation Fee of $500.00 in addition to double permit fees for any work requiring a permit which is begun before said permit is issued, and for which a Stop Work Order is issued. Said fee shall be payable prior to issuance of a permit for the work. 

In the event of “emergency work” on existing systems and structures (mitigating an active threat to the health and safety of building occupants and the public) which, due to the emergent nature, must begin outside of normal business hours, the contractor responsible for the work is required to submit a permit application including all required plans, specifications, and calculations prior to 10:00 am on the next business day on which the Community Planning and Building counter is open. Failure to apply within the allotted time frame will result in a Stop Work Order and imposition of the Investigation Fee and double permit fees.

Be Smart, Do Your Part – Get a Permit Before You Start

Adopted Fee Schedule FY 2018-2019

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea has adopted its fee schedule for the upcoming fiscal year. This includes fee adjustments for both the Planning and Building divisions For more information on this, please see the Adopted Master Fee Schedule for FY 18-19.