Construction Requirements

Mission Statement

Protect the health safety and welfare of citizens by ensuring that proper procedures and building codes are followed in the construction of structures throughout the City of San Benito.

Why a Building Permit

Building permits provide the means for Building Officials to protect us by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and therefore ensuring the public health, safety and welfare. Before any construction or remodeling work begins, application for a permit should be made to the Permits and Licensing division. Permits are required for new construction, remodels, repairs, additions, and demolitions. In addition, permits are required for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical trades.


Basic services that are provided by the Building Regulations and Inspections Division:

  • Review commercial and residential permit submissions for compliance with current building
  • Schedule and conduct inspections during various stages of construction for code compliance
  • Inspection and post unsafe structures and require necessary repairs or condemn and demolish
  • Continuing education for staff and contractors

Construction Permits

The following building project require a permit:

  • Additions
  • Demolitions
  • Electrical systems
  • HVAC systems (heating, ventilating, air conditioning)
  • Miscellaneous for commercial (parking, fencing, health, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous for residential (fireplace, pools, decks, fences, etc.)
  • Mobile homes
  • New buildings
  • Plumbing systems
  • Prefabricated structures
  • Renovations
  • Temporary buildings