Permit Process

The Building Department serves walk-in customers on a first-come, first-served basis during normal business hours. If you are planning a new construction project and would like to meet with a Building Division representative directly, you may schedule an appointment Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Book a Building Division appointment.

The Building Department also accepts online submittals for certain projects. Please visit the Online Permit Submittal page for more information.

If you have a question about the permit process, please call the Building Department at 714-961-7120.

Purpose Of Permits

Permits allow the City of Yorba Linda to regulate the construction and protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction. They are designed to ensure that all construction in the City is safe and meets applicable code requirements. The Yorba Linda Municipal Code incorporates the California Building Standards Code with certain modifications related to specific climatic, geographic, or topographic conditions.

Permit Requirements

Permits are required for the following:

  • New buildings
  • Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
  • Residential work (decks, garages, fences, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)
  • Renovations (garage conversions, kitchen expansions, etc.)
  • Reroofing or roof repairs
  • Electrical and solar systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (“HVAC") systems

Types Of Permits

The Building Department issues the following categories of permits based on the type of construction:

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Demolition

Projects Not Requiring Permits

A permit is required for most construction or repair activities regulated by code. However, the California Building Code contains a list of projects that are exempt from permits. In such cases, the work must still conform to all technical codes and applicable city, county, and state ordinances.

Visit the Permit Exemptions page.

Extensions And Renewals

If you need a permit extension or the renewal of an expired permit, please submit a request to, or visit the Building Division during our business hours.

Final Approval

Your project is complete once the final inspection has been made. The inspector will provide documentation after construction is complete and code compliance is determined. You will then have the satisfaction of a job done right and you can enjoy your new surroundings with the peace of mind and the knowledge that they meet the safety standards of our community.