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New Single-Family Dwelling/Duplex

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Castellena-plan1-exterior-farm-1024x620This Guide is designed to help you through the permitting and construction processes associated with a new single-family dwelling/duplex. A Single-family dwelling/duplex is defined as any building or portion thereof that contains not more that two dwelling units. A building permit is required for a new single-family dwelling/duplex. For additional, information please see the Single-Family Residences/Duplexes:  Minimum Submittal Standards (Form 4601).

The Chula Vista Municipal Code (Chapter 19 is the 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.

Any required discretionary approvals (Design Review, Conditional Use Permit, etc.) must be approved before applying for a building permit.  Please check with the staff at our Permit Counter or call the Division/Department numbers below with any questions prior to submittal.

Submittal Requirements:

In order for or us to accept your permit application, you must submit a complete application package. A complete application package consists of the following: 

  • 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)
    • Single line diagram for electrical services over 200 amps

Permit Process:

At submittal, a Development Services Technician (DST) verifies that the application package is complete and calculates the initial fees.  In order to start  the permit process, you will pay Building Permit fees (Intake Fee and Plan Check Fee).  Building Permit fees are determined by the type of construction, type of occupancy, and square footage. See Fee Information here.

Once you pay the Intake and Plan Check fees, the DST routes a set of plans/documents to each of the four reviewing 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 tracked in Accela, the City's Automated Tracking System, where the project is assigned a standard review period. The standard review period for an initial review is 28 calendar days. The standard review period  for follow-up reviews (rechecks) is 14 calendar days.  Once initiated, you may track your permit's process online from any computer.

Permit Issuance and Fees:

At permit issuance, you will pay Building Inspection Fees, Fire Sprinkler Fees, State Seismic and Building Code Fees, Residential Construction Tax, and Sewer Fees.  Fee estimates may be requested at any time during the permit process.

School Fees are also due prior to issuance.  The DST prepares a Certificate of Compliance (school fee letter) that you will take to each of the local school districts for payment.  The signed Certificate is submitted to the City prior to/at permit issuance.

For new construction, Development Impact Fees are required .  Please review the Development Checklist for Municipal Code Requirements (Form 5590) for applicability to your project and for more information.  The Engineering Department (see number below) can answer any questions you may have regarding these fees.


Once the building permit is issued, you can start construction. At certain stages of construction, you must schedule inspections. The following list represents the sequence of required inspections for a typical new single-family dwelling/duplex:

  • Underground plumbing and electrical
  • Foundation
  • Roof nailing
  • Exterior wall construction
  • Interior framing and rough trades (electrical, plumbing, mechanical)
  • Drywall nailing
  • Lath nailing
  • Gas pressure test
  • Final Inspection

For a list of detailed information on what is to be completed for each inspection see "SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING AND ROOM ADDITION INSPECTION INFORMATION PAGE".


After all required inspections are approved and required approvals from other divisions and/or departments are obtained, our Building Inspector will sign-off the Inspection Card and notify the utility company to release the electric meter.



City Dept. / Division
Phone Number
Fax Number


(Permits Section)


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