This Guide is designed to help you through the permitting and construction
processes associated with multi-residential projects, which includes
hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums and other buildings containing
more than two dwelling units. A building permit is required for
all multi-residential projects.
We recommend that the first thing you do is schedule a Pre-Application meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to give you the opportunity to meet with representatives from various City departments/divisions to identify and discuss any major issues at an early stage of the project. To schedule call 619-585-5621 or visit the Planning Division counter located in the Public Services Building at 276 Fourth Avenue (northwest corner of 4th and F, downtown Chula Vista.)
The Chula Vista Zoning Ordinance applies to the use and location
of all structures, including those not requiring a building permit.
All new structures must therefore be reviewed by the Planning Division
to ensure the structure meets the requirements of the zone. Please
check with Planning staff to ensure your proposed structure meets
all standards, such as setbacks from property lines and adjacent
structures, allowable height, and lot coverage.
Projects requiring discretionary approvals (Design Review Committee,
Conditional Use Permit, etc.) must be approved before applying for
a building permit.
For us to accept your permit application, you must provide us with
a complete submittal package. A complete submittal package consists
of the following:
- A completed "New
Single & Multi-Family Worksheet", Form 4611.
- Four copies of a Plot/Site Plan showing the general layout
of the building site, location of new and existing buildings,
retaining walls and other structures. Please review our handout, "How To
Prepare A Residential Plot Plan", Form 4595
- Four copies of construction plans and details, including but
not limited to; title sheet, foundation plan, floor plan, elevations,
roof plan, cross sections, framing plans and details, plans demonstrating
compliance with disabled access requirements, electrical/plumbing/mechanical
plans and other applicable plans as listed in the "New
Single & Multifamily Worksheet", Form 4611.
- Two copies of each of the following documents are required;
Soils Report (two additional copies required for projects utilizing
post tension foundation design), Title 24 energy compliance documentation
(Certificate of Compliance sheets shall be reproduced on actual
plan sheets), structural analysis/calculations, engineered trusses
layout and details (if roof/floor trusses are used), and single
line diagram for electrical services over 200 amps.
During the permitting process you will be asked to pay two separate
fees; Plan Check Fee and Permit Fee.
You are required to pay the Plan Check Fee before we can take in
your application for plan check. As for the Permit Fee, you must
pay it at time of permit issuance. Both fees are determined by the
type of construction, type of occupancy, square footage and the
extent of the tenant improvement. For additional information on
fees, please see "Fee Information"
After our Development Services Technicians (DST's) verify that
the application package is complete, and you pay the Plan Check
Fees, they will forward a set of plans/documents to each of the
four departments/divisions; Building, Planning, Engineering and
Fire. Approval from all four departments/divisions is required prior
to permit issuance. To contact any of the departments/divisions,
please see the contact list shown at the end of this document.
The plan check process is then tracked in our Automated Tracking
System and the project is assigned a standard turn-around-time.
The standard turn-around-time for an initial review is 28 calendar
days. The standard turn-around-time for follow-up reviews (rechecks)
is 14 calendar days.
After you obtain all the required approvals and pay the Permit
Fee, a DST will issue you a building permit. Now you can start construction.
At certain stages of the construction, you must schedule for an
inspection. The following list represents the sequence of required
inspections for a typical tenant improvement:
- Underground plumbing and electrical
- Roof Nailing
- Exterior wall construction
- Interior framing and rough trades (electrical, plumbing, mechanical)
- Drywall nailing
- Lath nailing
- Gas pressure test
- Final Inspection
After all required inspections are approved and required approvals
from other divisions and/or departments are obtained, our Building
Inspector will notify the utility company to release the electric
meter. For multi-family and commercial buildings a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. The issuance
of a Certificate of Occupancy authorizes you to occupy and use the
facility based on the permitted use shown on the Certificate of
Occupancy. The City of Chula Vista does not issue Certificates of Occupancy on single family dwellings.
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