Expedited permits and plan check processes are now available through an online application portal. Through the portal, qualified restaurant and retail businesses can apply for express plan checks for structural and non-structural tenant improvements, administrative conditional use permits for alcohol sales, expedited design reviews for qualified retail and restaurants, and temporary outdoor dining permits.

The Permit Center Hours of Operation:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alternate Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Upcoming Closed Dates (Every Other Friday & Holidays):

January 13th, 16th & 27th
February 10th, 13th, 20th, 24th
March 10th & 24th
April 7th & 21st
May 5th, 19th &29th
June 2nd, 16th & 30th


The following services are available: permit issuance for all subtrade permits, all minor permits (re-roofs, window change outs, bathroom/kitchen remodels per city standards, solar’ s under 10kv, demo, soft demo), rechecks, revisions, new submittals, fire permit applications/submittals, and all payment processing. We will no longer be accepting applications via email.

Please note the following:

If visiting the Permit Center, please note the following:

  • Customers must abide by the 6’ social distancing requirement at all times.
  • Please be patient and arrive with extra time. Limited number of people will be allowed in at any given time.
  • Use of public bathrooms and public computers not available.
  • All new submittals, revisions and rechecks require 3 hard copy sets, 1 flash drive and a completed building permit application. Your plans will not be taken in without these items.

Staff are available at the following:

Building & Safety (626) 744-7601 permit_center_manager@cityofpasadena.net
Zoning  Available via email zoningquestions@cityofpasadena.net
Design & Historic Preservation Available via email dhpquestions@cityofpasadena.net
Code Compliance (626) 744-8633
Pre-Sale Self-Certification Program (626) 744-8633
Fire Department (626) 744-6885
Cultural Affairs & Film Office (626) 744-3964
Public Works Available via email pw-permits@cityofpasadena.net

For questions on permits or inspections, call (626) 744-4200 or email permit_center_manager@cityofpasadena.net

Payments for permits may be made online at the following link: https://mypermits.cityofpasadena.net/EnerGov_Prod/SelfService#/payinvoice

Please leave a message if you do not reach a live person. Note that return calls may come from ‘private’ or non-city phone numbers.


The Planning & Community Development Department champions economic vitality and safe livable neighborhoods, which reflect, preserve, and enhance Pasadena’s unique cultural and historic character; the department also promotes informed decision-making which facilitates sustainable development, affordable housing and reinvestment in the community.

Permit Center

The Permit Center is a One-Stop-Shop where staff from multiple departments provide all development review and permitting services for customers.

Building & Safety

The Building & Safety Division is committed to serving as partners for solutions in the development of safe, healthy and economically viable neighborhoods.


The Planning Division staff provides services and conduct activities which guide the City’s orderly development by applying the current zoning codes, facilitating development, implementing community plans, and preserving architectural and historic landmarks.

Cultural Affairs

The Arts and Cultural Affairs Division is responsible for the Annual Grants Program, Public Art Program, Public Art Master Plan, Cultural Nexus Plan, and the Pasadena Film Office.

Code Compliance

The objective of the City of Pasadena’s Code Compliance Division is to promote and maintain a safe and healthy living and working environment for our residents, businesses, and visitors.

Commissions & Meetings

Planning & Community Development oversees several commissions, meetings, and boards, including the Arts & Culture Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.