Building Permits

Work Requiring a Permit

The Building Department is responsible for issuing building permits and performing building inspections.

 A permit is required for most construction and/or repair projects, including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work. Permits are necessary for, but not limited to: residential and business additions, alterations, patios, decks, gardens, and retaining walls, swimming pools, spas, air conditioners, all electrical and plumbing installation, including sprinklers, water heaters, and gas lines.

To obtain a Building Permit, complete the Project Identification Worksheet and submit with corresponding plans or drawings in person or by mail to the Building Department, 336 Pacific Ave, Shafter, CA 93263.
Residential HVAC Form

If the project requires Kern County Fire Department approval, please complete Application for Permit Request for Service.

The Building Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Obtaining a Permit

A homeowner can obtain a permit to make improvements on their own home. You can do your own design and prepare your own plans, as long as they show compliance with all the applicable codes, including, but not limited to structural, energy, and fire, life, and safety items. You will be responsible for these items.

For additional information regarding the requirements for obtaining a permit, please visit the Home Additions page. 

Scheduling Inspections

Inspections may be scheduled by calling 661-746-5002 or in person at the Building Department counter located at 336 Pacific Ave, Shafter. When scheduling please have the following information ready:
  • Project Address or Location of Inspection
  • Day/Date of Inspection 
  • Type of Inspection
  • Permit Number
Residential inspection schedule is as follows:
  • AM inspections are between 8 am and 12 pm
  • PM inspections are between 1 pm and 5 pm
  • Although every effort is made to keep appointments as scheduled, inspections may be delayed or rescheduled without further notice
Commercial inspections are as follows:

Re-inspections and Corrections 

If a correction notice is given by the inspector, a re-inspection is necessary. The applicant must call the office to reschedule an inspection once the corrections have been made. Fees may be collected for excessive re-inspections of the same scope.

Qualified Personnel

It is recommended in most cases to use the services of a qualified professional. This may be required if minimum code requirements are not complied with. Licensed individuals must be bonded and provide their own workers compensation and liability insurance.

This could potentially be a burden for a homeowner not normally covered for these types of exposure. It is recommended you contact your insurance agent and review your coverage before taking on a project.

Priority Permitting and Inspections

For information on priority permitting and inspections for affordable housing projects click here (English/Spanish).

Additional Information

For more information or to apply for a building permit, please contact the Building Department at 661-746-5002.