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- Permit Questions & Answers -

 

Q:  Who can pull a permit?

A: Generally, only a California Licensed Contractor or the property owner can pull a permit. There are, however, a few exceptions to this basic rule. There are different categories of contractors, for example; General Building Contractors, Electrical Contractors, Plumbing Contractors, Re-Roofing Contractors, and many others. By State law, these different types of contractors are limited as to the types of permits that they can pull. For example, a Plumbing Contractor cannot pull an electrical permit, and vice versa.

If the permit is to be pulled by someone other than the licensed contractor (the actual licensee listed on the contractorís license) or the actual property owner (as listed in the Assessorís database) then you will need to review the question, "What paperwork do I need if I am not the property owner or the Licensed Contractor?"

Q: What paperwork do I need as a Contractor to pull a permit?
A:  As a California Licensed Contractor, you will need the following paperwork in order to pull a permit:
  1. Your State Contractorís License, generally the wallet card issued by the Contractors State License Board or other documentation that you are the licensee.
  2. Your Workersí Compensation Insurance Certificate. If you have any employees, then you are required by State law to show proof of coverage at the time of permit issuance.
  3. If you are not the licensee listed on the contractorís license, then you will need to have a "Contractor Authorized Agent Form" which lists you as being authorized to pull permits on behalf of the licensed contractor. This form will need to be on file with us or in your hands to present to us at time of permit issuance.
Q: What paperwork do I need as the property owner to pull a permit?
A: As the property owner, you do not need any paperwork other than proof of identification, typically a state photo ID such as a Driverís License. If you have recently acquired the property and the Assessorís database does not yet show you as the owner, then you will need to show evidence that you are the actual owner.

In some cases the real estate transaction papers will confirm the ownership status. Other cases may require contacting a title company to confirm the ownership status. If you are not the property owner, then you will need to have a "Contractor Authorized Agent Form" which lists you as being authorized to pull the permit on behalf of the property owner.

Q: What paperwork do I need if I am not the property owner
     or the licensed Contractor?
A:
  1. If you are a permit service then you will need a "Contractor Authorized Agent Form."
  2. If you are not the property owner, then you will need to have an "Owner Authorized Agent Form" which lists you as being authorized to pull the permit on behalf of the property owner.
  3. If you are not the licensee listed on the contractorís license, then you will need to have a "Contractor Authorized Agent Form" which lists you as being authorized to pull permits on behalf of the licensed contractor. This form will need to be on file with us or in your hands to present to us at time of permit issuance. This form is in addition to the other paperwork listed in the previous question, "What paperwork do I need as a Contractor to pull a permit?"
Q: Do I need a City of Calabasas Business License?
A: No.  The City of Calabasas does not require a business license or permit to conduct business within the City.  There are various zoning and land use laws that regulate specific business use of properties.  Please contact the Planning Department for any questions.  For Home Occupations (operating a business out of a home) please see the City of Calabasas Municipal Code Section 17.32.100.
Q: What about Workers Compensation Insurance?
A: Contractors State license law requires that all California licensed contractors maintain Workersí Compensation Insurance coverage if they have employees. The law also requires that the contractor present the Workersí Compensation Insurance Certificate to the Building and Safety Department at the time of permit issuance.
Q: How long is a permit good for?
A: Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after issuance or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. The Building Official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods not more than 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

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