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Building Permits

Building Permits

Prior to applying for a building permit, the following may be required: Approval from the Planning Commission, Architectural Review Board and/or planning staff.

Counter Hours: Monday- Thursday 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. The counter is closed Fridays for permit activity.
Applying for a permit:
Complete and submit this form to apply for a standalone Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Solar, or Re-roof permit.
Complete and submit this form to apply for a Building Permit.
Complete and submit this form to apply for an Encroachment, Street Opening, Driveway, Sidewalk, or Curb/Gutter/Ramp Form.
Please note that anyone can apply for a building permit. However, a permit will only be issued to a California State licensed Professional or the owner of the property.

Contractors must have the following prior to permit issuance:

  • California State Contractor's license
  • Worker's compensation insurance certificate
  • Current City of Pacific Grove business license

Additional permits/approvals that may be needed prior to permit issuance:

  • Monterey One Water (Formerly MRWPCA) sewer permit or waiver (The “Sewer” Agency) (372.2385)
  • MPWMD permit or waiver (The "Water" Department) (658.5601)
  • Health Department for restaurants, public spas and swimming pools (647.7650)
  • MBARD for Demolitions (647.9411)
  • CCC permit or waiver for properties in the Coastal Zone (427.4863) 


Building permit fees are charged in accordance with the adopted fee schedule.  The City encourages applicants to consult with the other agencies (information location above) in which additional approvals may be required, to determine additional fees that will be associated with your project.

Plan review fees are collected at the time of application.  These fees are non-refundable and collected upfront for plan check services provided.

Plan Review Process:

Once plans are submitted to the City for review, the Permit Technician will provide the applicant with a detailed list of outside agencies and internal departments that require approval prior to permit issuance.
Once the internal Department comments are compiled, the permit tech will email the applicant the comments directly.
Please follow instructions on plan review letter for resubmittal. For additional information, please call (831) 648-3191.