Building Department

The Building Department is located at 926 Fresno Street and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to Noon (closed for lunch from Noon-1:00 pm) and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Building Department is closed on Fridays.

  • Mike Brinkman
    Building Official
    (209) 862-1506
  • Mary Jo Swafford
    Permit Technician
    (209) 862-1506

The Building Department is here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have and to enforce various building and building-related codes in order to protect you, your family and your property. 

California requires local jurisdictions to provide comprehensive building code enforcement services to promote a minimum safety standard for all aspects of the building construction, fire and structural items, as well as plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. 

Below is a list of a few projects that require a building permit by the city: 

  • Patio Covers – attached or detached. 
  • New backyard sheds over 120 sq.ft. (zoning permit needed for sheds under 120 sq.ft.) 
  • Swimming Pools                  
  • House Additions 
  • Re-Roofing 
  • HVAC units (new or replacement) 
  • Water Heaters (new or replacement) 
  • Water Softeners 
  • Various plumbing projects (excluding minor repairs or clearing stoppages) 
  • All electrical projects (excluding receptacle or fixture replacement) 
  • Fences (new or replacement with different materials)
  • Solar Systems (streamline solar submittals can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As these are just a few of the projects that require a permit, please call the Building Department at (209) 862-1506 if you are not sure if your project requires a permit. We would be happy to speak with you to answer any questions or concerns. With the constant changes to the codes and regulations, a type of project that was previously approved and completed without a permit may need one today. Our goal is to ensure your safety and limit any damage to your property.