Frequently Asked Questions

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Building Division FAQ's

Where is the Department of Community Development and Sustainability located?

We are located at City Hall, 23 Russell Boulevard, Suite 2, between A Street and B Street. Visitor parking is available behind the building, with entrances to the parking lot located at both A Street and B Street. Our telephone number is (530) 757-5610.

How do I get to your office from I-80?

Exit at Richards Boulevard towards downtown. Take a left at the second stop light (First Street). Take a right at the first stop sign (B Street). Follow B Street across Russell Boulevard, and take an immediate left into the parking area located behind City Hall (23 Russell Boulevard).

What are your office hours?

Our office counter and phone hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM.

How much does a permit cost?

Costs vary. You may call our office at 757-5610 for permit fees.

Do you take credit card payment?

Unfortunately, the City only accepts cash or checks at this time. Checks are made out to City of Davis.

How do I schedule a building permit inspection?

Inspections may be requested by calling our 24-hour inspection line at (530) 756-4907. Inspection requests called in before 3:30 PM will be scheduled for the next working day. Requests called in on a Friday before 3:30 PM will be scheduled for Monday. Inspection requests placed after 3:30 PM, will take place in two working days (for example, if you call on Friday after 3:30 PM, your inspection will be scheduled for Tuesday). Permits and plans must be on site.

NEW: In an effort to streamline our operations and improve customer service, the City of Davis launched in February 2020 a new service to allow you to utilize an interactive text messaging to schedule inspections called, "SelectTXT". For more information click here

What time will the inspector be at my job site?

Inspections begin at 7:30 AM and continue until 12:00 PM; and then from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. If you have a cell phone and wish to be notified prior to the inspectors arrival on the site, you must indicate this when scheduling your request on the recorded inspection line.

I am a homeowner; I can't take a whole day off work to wait for an inspector. Can I make an appointment for an inspection?

Yes. In addition to the regular inspection process, the Building Department offers expanded service for a limited number of timed appointments. Someone must be present for the inspection. Appointments are available between the hours of 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM, and 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. To schedule an appointment please call (530) 757-5610, and department staff will assist you. Please be advised that we may not be able to provide next day inspections for these inspection appointments.

How much does an inspection cost?

The cost of the inspection is included in the building permit fee.

What is the status of my plan check?

When your plans have been reviewed and your permit is ready, you will be called and notified. If you wish to check the status, you may call our office at (530)757-5610 for information.

When do I need a Resale Inspection?

All residential properties are required to be inspected by a city inspector prior to the change of ownership to determine if the property meets various building codes, zoning regulations, and security requirements.

Multi-Family (4 or more units) properties and hotels and motels are subject to the resale self-certification process. The Seller must obtain a Self-Certification Package from the Building Division office. Prior to close of sale, the Seller or representative must:

  1. Check the property in general and each individual unit for all of the maintenance and health and life safety items listed in the Package;
  2. Complete any and all corrective work necessary and obtain any required permits.
  3. Obtain the buyer's signature and related information requested in the package Seller is required to submit the completed Self-Certification Package to the Building Division office for validation of the resale certificate.

Seller is required to provide the Buyer with a copy of the validated self-certification package.

Every time the property is sold, the current owner is required to complete and submit a new Resale Self-Certification Package to the Building Division office.

How do I apply for a Resale Inspection?

The required forms are available at the Planning and Building counter and our website. If a Resale Inspection is required, it can be scheduled at the time you pay the $426.00 single family residence fee ($511.00 duplex, $597 triplex, $85 self cert).


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