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Permit Processing Center

Permit Process Information
(949) 724-6313

All permit applications may be submitted at the Permit Processing counter. The counter is
open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Appointments can be made with our permit Counter Staff to discuss:

Please call our information line at (949) 724-6313 to arrange for an appointment. Please call at least 24 hours in advance.

Our Permit Processing staff assures that all applications are complete and reviewed by appropriate staff.
Planning Section approval is required for building permits.  The Code Coordination Office maintains contact with the applicant regarding project status and assessment of final fees. Upon final approval of an application, the Permit Processing staff verifies that all information is current and correct, collects all required outstanding fees, and issues the appropriate permits.

To further assist the public, we offer the following:

  • Special queue for Homeowners.  To simplify and expedite your visit to the City a special queue is dedicated to handling homeowner projects.  Many simple projects may be permitted over the counter and some projects may be permitted via the mail.  A receptionist is available to assist homeowners to this special queue.  To determine whether your project requires a permit click here.
  • Self-service re-submittal system.  For more information, please visit the self-service area located in the Community Development reception area or call the Permit Processing Information Line at (949) 724-6470.

For more information on submittal documentation, please contact the Permit Processing Information Line at (949) 724-6313.

Plan check fees and deposits are payable at time of submittal. Plan check fees can be calculated prior to submittal via fax request to 949.724.6420 


JANUARY 1, 2015 


The City of Irvine Building & Safety Division is pleased to announce a program that allows contractors to obtain small residential permits online. For information on the types of residential permits that are now available to you on line, please click this link: irvinepermits.org/ApplyInstructions.htm. Save time by eliminating the need to visit City Hall to obtain a building permit.  You will also save $16.00 per permit by applying online. We will still need to validate your contractor information (license, work comp insurance and City business license) and you will need to register as a new user. Please go to irvinepermits.org or call 949.724.6313 for more information.


Solar Photovoltaic Installations

NEW - No Fee Solar Permit

Over the Counter Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE)

Over the Counter Residential PV Permit

Requirements of EPA's Lead-Based Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule, effective April 22, 2010, that requires contractors, property managers and others who disturb known or presumed lead-based paint to be certified. This is called Lead-Based Renovation, Repair and Painting Program or RRP. Generally, the rule applies to any work that disturbs painted surfaces in residential houses, apartments and child-occupied facilities like schools and daycare centers built before 1978. There are heavy fines for violating the RRP Rule. Please go to EPA’s web site at: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm for further information.