This Guide is designed to help you through the permitting and construction
processes associated with a patio cover project. A patio cover is
defined in the California Building Code, as being a one story, roofed
structure, not more than 12'0" in height above grade and used
only for recreational and/or outdoor living purposes. Patio covers
are not permitted to be used as carports, garages, storage structures
or as habitable space. Patio covers may be attached or detached,
and are permitted as an accessory structure to either a single family
dwelling or duplex (R-3 Occupancies); a private garage, carport,
shed and agricultural building (U Occupancies); or hotels and apartment
houses (R-1 Occupancies). For further information on Patio Covers,
please review our handout, "Patio
Covers-Lightweight", Form 4593.
To find out if a permit is required, please review our handout,
From Building Permits", Form 4551, or call us at (619)
If a building permit is not required, the patio cover must still
be constructed in accordance with applicable building codes. Furthermore,
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 (619-691-5101) to ensure your proposed
structure meets all standards, such as setbacks from property lines
and adjacent structures, allowable height, and lot coverage.
To apply for a patio cover permit, you need to stop at our Building
Counter in the Public Service Building at 276 Fourth Avenue across
the street from the library (north-west corner of 4th and F, downtown
Chula Vista.) 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 "Residential
Addition-Remodel-Patio-Wall/Fence-Pool Worksheet", Form 4562
- Three copies of a Plot/Site Plan showing the general layout
of the existing building site, location of the patio cover, and
address. Please review our handout, "How
To Prepare A Residential Plot Plan", Form 4595, or call
us at (619) 691-5272.
- Two copies of construction plans and details including but
not limited to; post size and spacing, rafter span and spacing,
beam size and footing size.
Note: The Planning & Building Department has handouts that
show construction techniques for miscellaneous structures such as
Patio Covers. These handouts may be used in lieu of construction
plans when attached to a properly prepared plot plan. Please review
our handout, "Patio
Covers-Lightweight", Form 4593.
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.
If you use a city standard construction plan, the Plan Check Fee
is included in the Permit Fee and is paid at time of permit issuance.
Both fees are determined by the type of construction and square
After our Development Services Technicians (DST's) verify that
the application package is complete, and you pay the Plan Check
Fee, they will forward a set of plans/documents to each of the three
departments/divisions; Building, Planning, and Engineering. Approval
from all three 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 is 7 calendar days. If you use a city
standard construction plan, the plan check can be done "Over-The-
Counter" and the permit may get issued the same day.
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 patio cover:
- Footings - when footings have been excavated but before concrete
- Ledger - when ledger beams are attached to an existing structure.
- Final when work is complete.
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