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How to Schedule a Building Counter Appointment

The County of Santa Cruz requires an appointment to submit an application to obtain most Building Permits. However, the following types of applications are exceptions to that general rule.

The following applications require plans, but no appointment for submittal is required. (Note: an appointment may be scheduled for these applications if you want to reduce your wait time.)

  • Tenant Improvements
  • Decks
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Systems
  • Solar Hot Water System

The following applications may be submitted without an appointment and without plans.

  • Re-roofs
  • Service Panel Upgrades
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces, Wall Heaters, Gas Fire Places and Woodstoves, Wood Burning Stoves
  • Minor Electrical and Plumbing (kitchen and bath remodels with no structural changes)

Please contact the General Information Desk @ (831)454-3252, Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.