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- General Questions -
Q: How can I get copies of the City's copy of
The City of Calabasas currently retains copies of all residential plans that are
approved for construction for 90 days after final date of inspection (per
California Health & Safety Code Section 19850).
stipulates that plans become copyrighted documents when an architect or engineer
has placed their professional seal upon them. As such, they may not be
duplicated without the written authorization of the architect or engineer who
prepared them. The law also requires the owner authorize the duplication of the
If you would
like to determine if the City has copies of a particular building, please visit
us at City Hall. If you wish to have copies of the plans, then you will need to
Copying Plans Applications
and return it to us
after you have acquired all of the required signatures from the design
professional and owner of the building.
Q: How can I
get a plot plan for my property?
are having difficulty drawing a plot plan for your project, you may want to
draftsperson, architect, contractor,
surveyor, or civil engineer to help you in this endeavor.
When do I get my electrical and gas
utilities turned on?
Generally, when a building
project is completed, and all of the required Departments have granted a final
approval for the project, the Building and Safety Division will release
electrical and gas clearances to the utility providers so that they can work
with the tenant or owner to schedule a turn on date.
Q: What is a
Certificate of Occupancy?
A Certificate of Occupancy is
a legal document that is issued by the Building and Safety Division, which
certifies that a specific building has been inspected by all necessary City
Departments and that it complies with the applicable regulations.
of Occupancy is generally issued to the building, not the tenant. As such, a new
certificate of occupancy is not always required as new tenants occupy an
existing building. When a building project is completed, and all of the required
Departments have granted a final approval for the project, the Building and
Safety Division will print out a Certificate, upon application received and fees