Building & Safety

Building & Safety

Pulling a Permit

Who can pull a permit?

Building ImagesGenerally, only a California Licensed Contractor or the property owner can pull a permit. There are, however, a few exceptions to this basic rule. There are different categories of contractors, for example; General Building Contractors, Electrical Contractors, Plumbing Contractors, Re-roofing Contractors, and many others. By State law, these different types of contractors are limited as to the types of permits that they can pull. For example, a Plumbing Contractors cannot pull an electrical permit, and visa versa.

If the permit is to be pulled by someone other than the licensed contractor (the actual licensee listed on the contractor’s license) or the actual property owner (as listed in the Assessor’s database) then you will need to review the question, "What paperwork do I need if I am not the property owner or the licensed Contractor?"

What paperwork do I need as a Contractor to pull a permit?

As a California licensed contractor, you will need the following paperwork in order to pull a permit:

  1. Your State Contractor’s License, generally the wallet card issued by the Contractors State License Board or other documentation that you are the licensee.
  2. Your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Certificate. If you have any employees, then you are required by State law to show proof of coverage at the time of permit issuance.
  3. Be sure that you have a current City of Riverside Business License. Our database will confirm the status of your business license, so you don’t actually need to have your paperwork unless you paid for it within the last few days.
  4. If you are not the licensee listed on the contractor’s license, then you will need to have a notarized "authorized agent form - contractor" which list you as being authorized to pull permits on behalf of the licensed contractor. This form will need to be on file with us or in your hands to present to us at time of permit issuance.
What paperwork do I need as the property owner to pull a permit?

As the property owner, you do not need any paperwork other than proof of identification, typically a state photo ID such as a Driver’s License. If you have recently acquired the property and the Assessor’s database does not yet show you as the owner, then you will need to show evidence that you are the actual owner.

In some cases the real estate transaction papers will confirm the ownership status. Other cases may require contacting a title company to confirm the ownership status. If you are not the property owner, then you will need to have a notarized "authorized agent form" which lists you as being authorized to pull the permit on behalf of the property owner.

What paperwork do I need if I am not the property owner or the licensed Contractor?
  1. If you are a permit service then you will need a current City Business License and a notarized "authorized agent form - contractor".
  2. If you are not the property owner, then you will need to have a notarized "authorized agent form" which lists you as being authorized to pull the permit on behalf of the property owner.
  3. If you are not the licensee listed on the contractor’s license, then you will need to have a notarized "authorized agent form" which list you as being authorized to pull permits on behalf of the licensed contractor. This form will need to be on file with us or in your hands to present to us at time of permit issuance. This form is in addition to the other paperwork listed in the previous question, "What paperwork do I need as a Contractor to pull a permit?"
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