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FAQ Topic: Permits and records

Is there a fee involved?

If the information is in hard copy only and must be photocopied, or if you desire a hard copy printout, the cost is 25 cents per page. If the information you request is available in an electronic format and you desire it in that format, the file(s) can be copied to a DVD/CD/USB at a … Continued

How do I request an inspection?

You may schedule your inspection online or call (714) 667-2738. Additional inspections may be required from other agencies. Contact information for some of the most common are below. Public Works – (714) 647-5039 Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) – (714) 573-6150 Southern California Gas Company (residential) – (877) 238-0092 Southern California Gas Company (commercial/industrial) – … Continued

Can I request to view public records? (File review)

You can review public records at Santa Ana City Hall during regular office hours, which are Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. We encourage you to call the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 647-6520 to make an appointment if you decide to come in person. Please … Continued

What are public records?

Public records means any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used or retained by the City regardless of the manner in which the record has been stored. Please note that records are not inquiries and the City is under no legal obligation to create a record that does … Continued

When are inspections required?

Inspections are required at various times during the course of construction, depending on the scope of work.  Please see the attached handout for more information on what work must be completed at each point in the inspections process.

Who may draw the plans?

Plans for projects such as room additions usually can be drawn by qualified individuals such as a draftsperson. Larger projects may require plans to be prepared and signed by an architect or engineer licensed by the State of California. For patio covers and garages, the City has standard plans that you may follow. This standard … Continued

How much does a permit cost?

Building permit fees vary according to the scope of work. Please call the Permit Counter at (714) 647-5800 for building permit fee information.  Itemized fees are charged for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits.  These fees can be found directly on the corresponding application.

What is a permit?

A permit is an official document or certificate issued by the City which authorizes performance of a specified activity. Permits help to ensure that minimum codes, regulations, local ordinances and safety requirements are properly followed in residential and commercial structures. There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction: Building Permits … Continued

How do I obtain a permit?

Application for a permit may be made at the public counter. You may also need to submit construction drawings for plan check review that detail your proposed improvements. There are many handouts to help you through this process and our counter staff can provide expert guidance if you need assistance.

How do I get a copy of a birth certificate?

Births of children born in Orange County hospitals are automatically registered with the county. Home births must be registered with the Health Care Agency’s Office of Vital Records. Certified copies of birth certificates are available after the original certificate has been registered, usually 15 days after birth. If you need copies of birth certificates within … Continued

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