How to Apply for a Building Permit
How to Apply for an In-Person 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.  In order to successfully complete the application form, applicants must:

  • Read through the entirety of the application for a complete understanding of what is required
  • Mark the appropriate type of work proposed at the top of the application.
  • Complete all fields on the application. Applications with missing or incorrect information may be rejected. 
  • Provide a detailed project description that includes all proposed work on the site.
  • Ensure that the declarations on the back of the permit are completed and initialed as applicable to your project.
  • The property owners signature is required on all building permit applications.
  • Submit the permit application with the complete construction documents either via mail or in person.

All applications must be submitted with a complete set of construction documents which include:

  • Permit application
  • Construction & Demolition Plan
  • If the plans are not submitted through the website, then a digital copy of the plans, supporting documents, and application forms on either a USB or CD

For a full list of what is required for your specific project see the complete submittal requirements.