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Community & Economic Development

Updated as of 4/9/2020 at 2pm

Statement of Operations for Permit Issuance during Covid-19 closure

Due to the globally declared pandemic, the orders of the Governor of California, direction from the President of the United States and the order of City management and locally declared emergency order 2020-1, our offices has been closed and we have not been issuing permits or taking new submittals since March 20th.  In an effort to service the public and keep industry moving forward within the City, we are going to provide minimal staffing in a way that is safe to our staff but seeks to provide some level of service for the business and construction industries.  We have received many requests for service and processing things will take time and may not be as efficient as we would all prefer, please be patient and understanding during this time.


New Submittals:

Please be advised that beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, the Department will be accepting new applications for processing.  You may communicate and submit applications via Division instructions provided below.  Once received, staff will contact applicants by phone or through e-mail.  

Building Division:

Submittals for Building Permits & Plan Checks may be done by downloading the Building Application here and, when completed, may be submitted directly to CityofSBBuilding@sbcity.org and must include the Title page of construction plans that provide pertinent information for calculating fees (i.e., scope of work, valuation, and project details).  Additional submittal instructions may be given after initial review of the Building Application.

Building & Safety Inspections are being offered on a very limited availability for time sensitive projects Monday - Thursday. There will be NO inspection services on Fridays. Necessary inspections may continue to be scheduled by calling (909) 384-7272.

**Please Note**

Unless you receive an error message indicating that your email was undeliverable, please assume that it was received and will be address as soon as possible.

Emails are being answered in the order they are received.

Due to limited staff, there is a backlog of emails to be addressed and processing times will be longer than usual. 

We very much appreciate your patience during this process.


Planning Division:

Submittals for Ministerial Applications (ZVR, Planning Letters), Preliminary Entitlement Review Applications (Pre-Application) or Pre-Applications may be downloaded from the Planning Applications web-page and, when completed, may be submitted directly to CityofSBPlanning@sbcity.org


Land Development Division:

Submittals for Applications may be may be done by downloading the Building Application here, filling out the applicable section,  and when completed, may be submitted directly to CityofSBBuilding@sbcity.org with the required documentation for review:

  • Onsite and offsite plans must provide an engineer’s cost estimate using the City’s engineer estimate form available on the City Website.
  • Landscape Plan must provide a cost estimate prepared by the Landscape Architect


Submittals for these divisions will be accepted through mail at the address below:

City of San Bernardino

Community and Economic Development Department

290 North D Street

San Bernardino, CA 92401


Upon receipt of the application, staff will send a confirmation e-mail that the application has been received and is being processed.  Applications will be evaluated in the order they are received.  Once processed, staff will e-mail an invoice and instructions for payment. Payment must be rendered prior to permits being issued or applications being processed. 

Payments can be made via Credit Card, Payment Link, Check or Wire Transfer (for amounts over $5,000 only).  Checks should be mailed to the address provided above (note that all checks must be accompanied by the invoice and include the permit/activity number on the check memo line). 

Once payment is received and the permit or application is processed, staff will email an electronic permit to commence work or provide instructions on how to submit construction drawings for review.   

For larger development projects, plans will be delivered to your job site by a Building Inspector.   Inspections can be scheduled via the City’s Call Center.   The number for the Call Center is located on the job card.

Permit & Plan Check Updates:

You may check your permit status online via the Acella Permit Portal under the “ok approvals” screen.

You must submit plans electronically to San Bernardino County Fire via their online portal.


Please bear with us and be patient in your expectations in this time of crisis,we will do our best to provide service.


Code Enforcement Division:

At this time, the Code Enforcement Division in only offering very limited inspection services to time sensitive projects. For complaints, inquiries or submitting a new CRM, please call (909) 384-7272.


For additional information or updates on COVID-19, please visit www.sbcity.org/covid19


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P: (909) 384-5357
F: (909) 384-5155
(909) 384-7272

Office Address
201 North E St
Third Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Mailing Address
290 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401

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7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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