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Frequently Asked Questions & Helpful Tips

- General Questions -

 

Q:  How can I get copies of the City's copy of plans for
      my building?

 A: 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).

State law 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 plans.

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 complete the 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?
A:  If you are having difficulty drawing a plot plan for your project, you may want to hire a draftsperson, architect, contractor, 
surveyor, or civil engineer to help you in this endeavor.
Q: When do I get my electrical and gas utilities turned on?
A: 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: 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.

A Certificate 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 paid.

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