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How to Submit for a Plan Check

How to Obtain a "No Plan Permit"

Owner/Builder Permits

Contractor Permits

Mobile Home Inspections

Over-the-Counter Wednesday

 

How To Submit For A Plan Check

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To apply for a plan check online you may visit the Project Assistance Center Online by following this link:

www.cityofelcajon.us/PACO

Simply follow the online prompts and provide the requested information to complete your application.  In order to submit an online application you must first register an account with the Project Assistance Center Online, or PACO.  Instructions for registering for an account can be found here:

PACO Account Registration Instructions 

To apply for plan check at the Building and Fire Safety Division counter (paper submission) you will need 4 copies of the plans (2 for fire permits) along with two copies of any supporting documentation. You will also need to fill out a permit application and any additional forms that may be required based on the complexity and scope of your project. Typical forms that may be required include the Certification of Easements, energy efficiency documentation, hazardous materials questionnaire, etc.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will it take for my plan check to be completed?

Time periods vary depending on workloads but a typical plan check submittal will take about three to four weeks.

Will you contact me when the plan check is done?

Yes. We’ll contact you when the plans are ready for pickup.

What do I do once the plan check is done?

For paper submittals, you can pick up your plans from the Project Assistance Center and make the necessary corrections on the plans. Once all of the corrections are made, you will need to resubmit them for recheck.

For online submittals you can log in to your account with the Project Assistance Center Online (PACO) and view corrections to your plans on the site.

How long will recheck take?

Typically, a recheck takes about one to two weeks.

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How To Obtain A “No Plan” Permit

Many permits can be issued over the counter or online without a formal submittal of plans. These are typically simple over-the- counter permits such as water heater replacements and gas line repairs.

The following is a list of projects that do not require Plans:

Water Heaters
Replacing Plumbing Fixtures
Re-roofs (not exceeding 700# per square)
Electric Service Upgrades
New Furnace
Electric Meter Reset
Replace Furnace
Misc. Electrical Work
Insulation/Drywall
New AC
Portable Spas
Replace AC
Siding/Stucco
Gas Meter Reset
Retrofit Window Replacement (no change in size, and must meet current standards for emergency egress)

Owner/Builder Permits

Public Assistance CenterIf you are the property owner, the Building & Fire Safety Group can issue you a permit to do work on your own property. In order to obtain an owner/builder permit you will need the following documentation

  • A permit application with job description

  • Identification as the property owner

  • For reroofs you will need a reroof application

  • For new meters or meter upgrades you will need documentation of approved location from SDG&E

  • Declaration on the owner/builder form

Contractor Permits

If you are a licensed contractor, the Building & Fire Safety Division can issue a permit to the contractor or contractor’s agent. In order to obtain a permit as a contractor you will need the following documentation.

  • A permit application with project description
  • A workers' compensation certificate
  • Contractors State License information
  • A current City of El Cajon business license
  • For new meters or meter upgrades, you will need documentation of approved location from SDG&E
  • For re-roofs, you will need a re-roof application

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does it take to get a permit?

Time periods vary depending on work loads but a typical over the counter permit (without plan submittal) can be issued in 15 to 30 minutes.

How much will the permit cost?

The fee structure in use by the City is updated on a periodic basis. For an estimate of fees you may call the general information line of the Building and Fire Safety Group and get an estimate of the fee for your particular project.

What do I do once I have my permit?

Once your permit is obtained you may begin your project. Required inspections will be listed on the inspection sheet of your permit. Do not cover any aspect of construction (underground, wall framing, etc.) until you have obtained a passing inspection.

What percentage of construction and demolition waste am I required to divert from the landfill?

You are required to divert 65% of construction and demolition waste from the landfill.  Visit the Construction and Demolition page for more information.


Mobile Home Inspections 

build_intro_new 2_clip_image009The Building and Fire Safety Group conducts inspections of new mobile home installations, accessory structures for mobile homes, and state mandated mobile home park inspections.

To apply for a mobile home installation permit submit a permit application, a mobile home installation application, and two copies of the mobile home installation instructions (specific to your mobile home) to the Building and Fire Safety Division. For accessory structures include a permit application, mobile home accessory structures form, and two copies of your plans or standard plan approval (please be advised that the park manager’s signature is required on the mobile home installation application and the mobile home accessories form). Changes to the interior of the mobile home are permitted through the State Department of Housing and Community Development.

Your mobile home park may receive inspections on a periodic basis in order to verify compliance with state regulations related to mobile home parks. If your park is scheduled for an inspection, you will receive notification from the park manager of the time and date of the inspection.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will it take for my permit application to be approved?

Time periods vary depending on work loads but a permit application for a mobile home installation can typically be approved within three weeks.

What do I do once I have my permit?

Your mobile home installation contractor will typically call for an inspection for the mobile home setup.

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Over-The-Counter Wednesday 

build_intro_new 2_clip_image012The Building and Fire Safety Group offers  over the counter plan check for smaller projects on an appointment basis. Appointments can be scheduled for Over-the-Counter Wednesday by calling the general information line at 619-441-1726.

Projects must fall within the following criteria for Over-The-Counter plan check:

  • Room Additions (400 sq. ft. or less)

  • Remodels - Bathrooms, Kitchens, etc. (1000 sq. ft. or less)

  • Attached or Detached Garages, Sheds, Workrooms, Patio covers, Retaining walls, Decks, Cabanas, Accessory Structures. (800 sq. ft. or less)

  • Tenant Improvements – (TI) (1000 sq. ft. or less) 

If you have questions about right-of-way work or location of easements, you should contact the Engineering Department at (619) 441-1653.

 For more detailed information about Over-The Counter criteria, please click here

Some forms must be filled out prior to, or in conjunction with, your appointment for over-the-counter plan check. See the list below for a description of forms that may be applicable to your project and a link to the forms page where these can be downloaded.

Forms required for over-the-counter plan check:

  • An Erosion Control Plan may be required for your permit. When making your appointment for over-the-counter plan check you may be asked to visit the Storm Water Division of Public Works prior to your appointment time.

  • For commercial and tenant improvement permits a Hazardous Materials and Air Pollution Control Questionnaire will be required. You may be required to take your plan to these agencies for approval prior to issuance of a building permit.

  • Some permits (such as tenant improvements) will require a Fire Clearance Questionnaire before approval and issuance. This clearance will be processed internally on the day of your plan check appointment.

  • If your project resides on airport property you will be required to obtain an Approval stamp from the Director of the Airport before your permit can be issued.

  • If your project involves a commercial kitchen you may be required to obtain a Health Department stamp and approval before you permit can be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does it take to do an over-the-counter plan check?

Time periods vary depending on the complexity of your project but a typical review time for an over the counter plan check is 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

How much will the permit cost?

The fee structure in use by the City is updated on a periodic basis. For an estimate of fees you may call the general information line of the Building and Fire Safety Division and get an estimate of the fee for your particular project.

Will I be issued a permit on the day of my plan check?

We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a permit on the day of your plan check appointment. You may have corrections to make on your plans, a problem with property easements, or some other issue that will take more time. However, if it is possible to resolve these issues on the day of your appointment we will be happy to issue you a permit on that day.

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