Check out the following resources to help you understand more about how the building permit process works in Madera.
- Building Process
When do I need a building permit?
Most new construction and remodeling projects require a building permit. Any time you add or modify plumbing, electrical or mechanical equipment you will also need a permit.
Certain kinds of work are exempt from permitting requirements. Read more about exempt activities here. [Link to BuildingPermitNotRequired.pdf]. Examples of work you do not need a permit for include:
- A one-story garden shed or playhouse less than 120 square feet in size with no plumbing or electrical.
- Surface treatments (paint, tile, etc.)
- On-site cement work
- Fences that are six feet or less in height
Steps in the Building Permit Process
The building permit process typically involves a series of steps in which an application is submitted by a homeowner or builder, and then plan checked and approved by the Building Department. Permits for simple projects can issued within a day or two, while more extensive projects may take 6 to 8 weeks. A summary of the typical steps in the permit process is described below.
- Deliver all submittal requirements to the Building Department.
- Building Department will perform plan check if required.
- Make corrections to plans if necessary.
- Building Department will complete a “back-check”.
- Building Department will issue permit.
- Start construction on your project
- Call for inspections as required by the permit.
Inspection Requests MUST be received 24 Hours in Advance. (559) 661-5445
- Passing a “Final Inspection” will complete the permitting process
- Building Submittal Requirements
Examples of minor permits include the following: single room remodels, window replacements, air conditioning system installation.
- Description of Work. Provide one or more drawings showing existing condition and proposed construction, sufficiently detailed to show the work being done.
- Fees. Building Permit Fees will be calculated by the Building Department for your project. Fees must be paid before the permit will be issued.
Major Remodels and New Construction
- Site Plan or Plot Plan
Site Plan. If site plan review (SPR) was required by the Planning Department for your project, submit the approved site plan with your building permit application.
Plot Plan. A basic plot plan template is provided for projects where site plan review is not required. This should be used primarily single family construction.
- Fees. Plan Check Fees will be calculated by the Building Department for your project. Plan Check fees must be paid before your application will be accepted. When your permit is ready to be issued, building permit and development impact fees will be calculated.
- Additional Contacts
Dan Cook, Combination Building Inspector
Mark Qualls, Combination Building Inspector
Building Inspection Request Line (Message Only) -
Inspection Requests MUST be received 24 Hours in Advance. Please call
- Current Permits