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Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Construction may not occur on Sundays or any federal holiday.
New! Easily check the status of your building permit with our expanded online Customer Self Service portal.
Got a question? You can schedule an appointment with the Building Division Monday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Tuesday – Friday between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
While Building staff can accommodate walk-in inquiry appointments most days, we recommend an appointment to limit wait times and queuing.
Need to schedule an inspection for your building permit? Request a building inspection online.
The Building Division works to protect those who live and work in Carlsbad by enforcing building and safety standards contained in the state Building Codes and various municipal codes and policies.
Today's building inspection schedule.
Climate Action Plan
The City of Carlsbad adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2015 to help the city reach future reductions in greenhouse gases. Since then, the city adopted five CAP implementation measures that influence building design, construction standards, or other requirements. Unless otherwise stated, these measures impact both residential and non-residential permit types. Carlsbad now has enhanced requirements that cover:
- Building Energy Efficiency
- Photovoltaic (non-residential*)
- Alternative Hot Water Heating
- Electric Vehicle Charging
- Transportation Demand Management (TDM) (non-residential)
*Photovoltaic requirements affect applications on residential projects with the adoption of the 2019 CALGreen Code.
Building permit applications will need to comply with these new requirements. To help you determine if these requirements apply to your project, please review the CAP Consistency Checklist (form B-50).
Home Energy Score Assessment Program
The city's Home Energy Score Assessment Program offers residents a free, customized assessment to measure their home’s energy use and identify ways to conserve energy and save money. Learn more and sign up here.
Construction debris and recycling
Did you know that most of construction waste is recyclable? Please take a moment to review the Construction and Demolition (C&D) guide for more information.
The California Green Building Standards Code requires at least 65% of non-hazardous construction debris is recycled and/or salvaged for reuse. Applicants for qualifying projects will be required to estimate the construction debris and recycling amounts before permit issuance. During construction activity, receipts for debris and recycling will be provided to the building inspector before the final inspection.
Looking for other information?
We also provide both technical and procedural information and reports on building activity. You can also search building permit history for a specific property.
View more information regarding the limitations of construction hours.
Whatever the size of your project, our staff is ready to provide support during every phase of the building permit process. Contact us during regular business hours at the offices on Faraday Ave., by calling 442-339-2719 or by email at email@example.com.
- Building Plan Submittal Requirements
- Applications & Forms
- Manufactured Home Parks Program
- Work Exempt from a Permit
- Obtaining copies of Building Plans
- Q & A
- For the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Information Bulletin please visit the Planning Department.