Obtain a Building Permit/Contractor's License

How to Obtain a Building Permit:

The City of Seal Beach Building & Safety division processes building, plumbing, electrical, and
mechanical permits.

In order to obtain permits, applications and fees must be submitted to the Building & Safety division located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, 211 Eighth Street, Seal Beach, during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). For information on how to obtain a construction-related permit, please read the following:


The primary purpose of the plan check process is to verify that buildings and structures will be constructed in compliance with all State and City laws and ordinances. Projects requiring a plan check include: new structures (residence, commercial, industrial building), room additions, remodeling, and tenant improvements, among others. In most cases, plans are not necessary for replacements (e.g., upgrading electrical service, replacing a water heater). A site plan may be required for any equipment placed outside.


Complete the Building Permit Application. To speed up the process, you may wish to print out a copy, complete it, and bring it to the Department of Community Development counter when you are ready to submit your plans. To print out a copy, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader available on your computer.

If your project requires plans, please bring them to the counter when you apply for a permit. If you are a contractor, you must have the proper license to obtain a permit. If you are a property owner and plan to do the work yourself, you do not need a contractor's license.

Contractor's Business License Application

A plan review fee will be collected at the time of submittal. If you would like an estimate prior to submittal, please call (562) 431-2527 x1323. The fees are subject to change after official review of the plans by the Department.


Simple projects that meet our over-the-counter thresholds can be reviewed over the counter in as little as 30 minutes. If your plan is complex, such that it must be submitted for review, you may expect this process to take approximately two weeks. This process can take some time due to workload issues.

If your plans are not approved, you will be notified by the Department and you will be asked to make the necessary revisions and resubmit them for approval. Again, plan complexity and completeness, in addition to workload, determine the plan review time.


Once you receive your permit, you may begin work on the project. Depending upon the complexity of your project while building, remodeling, or improving, you will need to schedule inspections as you complete various stages of your project.