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Please email all questions, project submittals, phone call requests, and building permit inquiries to Please allow up to 24 hours for return phone calls. When calling, leave a message because we may not be able to take your call at that time. NOTE: Emailing us all pertinent information will allow us to streamline the process. Please review the EMAIL PROCEDURES so we can serve you to the best of our abilities. Thank you.

NEW! 8/11: Parklet Standard Specifications (PDF)

7/24: Businesses in Monterey can apply for a Temporary Outdoor Business Permit to move portions of their business operations out into the adjacent sidewalk or parking lot. Instructions for applying are as follows:

- Fill out the Temporary Outdoor Permit
Attach proof of insurance (naming the City as additionally insured)
- Attach a drawing of the outdoor work plan with dimensions - show 48" clear for pedestrian access
- Submit the permit, insurance, and plan to
 - If you want to erect a tent over 400 square feet, you will also need to apply for a building permit. See Permits for Temporary Tent Structures for more information.
Related information: 
 Video from the presentation on heaters and outdoor dining, Dec. 1, 2020 - - thanks to everyone who attended!
Use of Temporary Structures for Outdoor Business Operations - guidance from the California Department of Public Health

- Emergency Order, June 26, 2020 - Order of the Director of Emergency Services to Allow Covid-19 Temporary Encroachment Permits for Businesses to Establish or Expand Outdoor Dining and Retail Areas
- Emergency Order, July 23, 2020 - Order of the Director of Emergency Services to Allow Temporary Outdoor Business Permits
Fire Code Requirements for sidewalk cafe, tents, canopies, cooking and heating applications for outdoor gatherings, seating and eating
- Standards and Requirements for Special Events in Tents, Temporary Structures, and Other Temporary Membrane Structures
Office of the State Fire Marshal Information Bulletin 20-007 on Use of Heaters in Temporary Tents and Awnings

5/01: Monterey County Health Officer Amends and Extends Shelter-in-Place Order through May 31, 2020 | Order | Appendix B - Construction Safety Protocol | Appendix C - Social Distancing Protocol

Voice: (831) 646-3890

Lori Williamson
Building Official

Laura Fisher
Administrative Assistant

Paul Abadilla
(831) 242-8795

Kevin Morgan
(831) 242-3987

Thane Wilson
Building Technician
(831) 242-8790

Debra Thomas
Administrative Assistant
(831) 242-8779

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(831) 646-3890

Building and Safety Office
580 Pacific Street, Room 4
Monterey, CA 93940

Welcome to the City of Monterey Building and Safety Division. This division of the Community Development Department is responsible for reviewing plans and inspecting all phases of construction for compliance with applicable local and State codes.

Sanitary Sewer Lateral Inspection Program

Sanitary Sewer Lateral Inspection Program - see details on the Property Inspections web page

As of January 1, 2019, in accordance with the Monterey City Code 30-1.2 (Ordinance 3579), the City of Monterey began implementing a mandatory "Sanitary Sewer Lateral Inspection and Repair Program". The new program updates the process and uses a new form. The new form replaces the previously accepted "Plumber's report" regarding the condition of the sewer lateral, backwater valve, and sewer relief vent. See page 14 of the Master Fee Schedule for the cost of this permit.

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"The mission of Building and Safety Division is the protection of life, health, property and public welfare through effective administration and enforcement of the building codes. In accomplishing this mission, we strive to maintain the highest levels of fairness, professionalism and ethical conduct towards the citizens of Monterey whom we serve."