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Permitting Process

Each building or development project must obtain all appropriate permits before construction can begin. The city permitting processes are designed to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and city regulations as well as local community standards. 

Building and Development projects generally proceed through a series of project stages including:

The size, scope and location of a proposed project determines the type and number of permits required. Small home improvement projects may need only one permit while large residential, commercial or industrial projects may need multiple permits and pass through all or most all of the city permitting processes.

Projects located within or adjacent to specially designated areas such as the coastal zone, redevelopment area, airport influence area, scenic corridors, special overlay zone or habitat management plan areas may require special supplemental permits.


The city has produced a series of flowcharts to graphically represent the various Building and Development permitting stages as follows:

Contact Information

Development services office
760-602-2719 Building
760-602-2750 Engineering
760-602-4666 Fire Prevention
760-602-4610 Planning
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Inspection service contacts

General Information

Business hours
Monday Thursday
7:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
8 a.m. 5 p.m.