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Frequently Asked Questions

When is a permit needed?
Which codes does the City of Burbank use?
Who can pull a permit?
How much does a building permit cost?
Which forms of payment are accepted?
When do permits expire?
When do plan check applications expire?
How many sets of plans are required?
When do I need an inspection?
How do I schedule an inspection?
When are inspectors available?
What time will my inspection be?
How do I verify a contractor's license information?
How do I get a City business tax license?
How do I get copies of all the building permits issued for a property?
Does the City have original blueprints of my home? 
What are the City’s permissible hours of construction?

When is a permit needed?
A permit is required for most types of construction, electrical, mechanical and plumbing work such as: 
    Remodels, alterations and renovations
    Room additions
    Grading and Shoring 
    Tenant Improvements 
    Electrical Wiring 
    Upgrade Electrical Service (BWP approval required also)
    HVAC Change-outs 
    Water Heaters installation and change-outs
    Dishwasher Change-outs
    Sewer or building drain replacements on private property
    Window Replacement 
    Walls over 6 feet - See Planning Division for Zoning requirements
    Patio Covers
    Solar energy systems

Which codes does the City of Burbank use? 
The City adopts and enforces the following codes:

2016 California Building Code 
2016 California Electrical Code 
2016 California Mechanical Code 
2016 California Plumbing Code 
2016 California Green Building Standards Code
2016 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code)
2015 International Property Maintenance Code 
2015 Uniform Solar Code Energy Code 
2015 International Existing Building Code  
Burbank Municipal Code - Title 9, Chapter 1

Who can pull a permit?
For one- and two-family residential properties, the property owner or a licensed contractor may pull the permit. For apartment buildings of three to four units, the building permit can be pulled by the owner. The other trades may be pulled by a licensed contractor. For multi-family residential buildings with four units or more and commercial properties, the permits must be pulled by a licensed contractor.

How much does a building permit cost?
The permit fee is based on the project’s valuation or square footage. For more information, refer to the City’s adopted Fee Schedule at: Fee Schedule

Which forms of payment are accepted?
The Building Division accepts cash, checks, Visa, and Mastercard.

When do permits expire?
Permits expire 180 days after issuance or 180 days following the date of the last inspection. To prevent permit expiration, set up an inspection before the 180-day deadline or submit a Permit Extension Request before the permit expires.

When do plan checks applications expire?
Plan checks expire 180 days after plan check submittal. Extension requests must be submitted in writing prior to expiration. Plans submitted to plan check prior to a California Building Code change may extend the plan check for a limited time into the new code cycle.

How many sets of plans are required?
Generally, three complete sets of plans are necessary for small tenant improvements, sign permits and single-family residential construction. Additional sets must be submitted for construction of new buildings and projects that require Development Review. Please check with Building Division.

When do I need an inspection?
Inspections are required for every permit issued depending on the scope of work. In order to be valid, a permit must be finaled. For more detailed information, contact your Building Inspector (818)238-5220

How do I schedule an inspection?
Inspections can be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, by calling (818) 238-5220. Requests for inspections can also be submitted on our website at: http://www.burbankca.org/building/inspection.htm.

When are inspectors available?
Inspectors are available in the office during the hours of 7:00 am – 8:00 am and 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

What time will my inspection be?
Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Times for inspections can be coordinated with the respective Building Inspector by calling (818) 238-5220 between 7:00 am and 8:00 am, Monday through Friday, on the morning of the scheduled inspection.

How do I verify a contractors license information?
Visit the Contractors State License Board website or call toll-free at (800) 321-2752.

How do I get a City business tax license?
For construction projects, the business tax is based on project valuation and is paid by the contractor, per project, at the time of permit issuance. Subcontractors pay for their own portion of the project valuation and may register at the Building Permit Counter after the permit has been issued. For more information contact us at 818-238-5220. Burbank-based contractors obtain a regular tax registration account and pay yearly 818-238-5280.

How do I get copies of all the Building Permits that have been issued for a property?
Copies of permits can be purchased by calling (818) 238-5220, or visiting the Building Division counter between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (last ticket at 11:45 am) and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, at least one business day prior to pickup. Recent permits are available from the Burbank Property Portal.

Does the City have original blue prints of my home? 
Typically, copies of approved sets of plans are only available for construction completed in 2004 or later. Plans that have been stamped by a licensed architect or engineer are copyright-protected and may be copied by the property owner with permission from the professional of record. For more information, please send us an email.

What are the City’s permissible hours of construction?
Construction for which a permit is issued is permitted to take place Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, and Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Construction is not allowed on Sunday and City Holidays. However, homeowners performing their own construction (no contractors or employees) may work Sunday and City Holidays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  City holidays include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

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