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Completed building permits issued for properties within the City of Riverside are retained on file for the life of the structure. Permits and all other related documents are available through Permits Online.

Types of permit records typically retained include:

  • Building permits
  • Plumbing permits
  • Mechanical permits
  • Electrical permits
  • Sign permits
  • Under and Aboveground Storage Tank (UST & AST) Permits
  • Certificates of Occupancy
  • Inspection records

To access building permits activity reports, click here

Public Records Request

Public records requests may also be placed through the Engage Riverside Public Portal and the Office of the City Clerk. Please visit Public Records Request Portal for more information.

Request for Duplication of Plans

Requests for the duplication of building plans retained by the Building & Safety Division are processed in accordance with California Health & Safety Code Section 19851. There are very specific requirements per state law to obtain all necessary approvals and a release for the duplication of building plans.

Per state law, any building department of a city or county, which is requested to duplicate the official copy of the plans maintained by the building department, shall request written permission to do so from the certified, licensed, or registered professional, or his or her successor, if any, who signed the original documents and from (1) the original or current owner of the building or (2), if the building is part of a common interest development, from the board of directors or other governing body of the association established to manage the common interest development.

Due to various copyright laws and provisions, requests must be received in writing and may take 30 to 60 days to process for approval. As noted, there are various written releases required prior to the approval and release of building plans for duplication. Please see the various forms below, including the "Duplication of Building Plans Procedure” for further information: