Building and Safety Division

The City of Pasadena’s Building & Safety Division continues to accept and process applications during the COVID-19 emergency. Although the Permit Center remains closed to the public, permit applications, new submittals, resubmittals and revisions can be submitted using the steps outlined below.

  • Permit Applications need to be in some form of envelope and labeled “Permit Application”. Please make sure contact name and phone number are legible.
  • New Submittals need to have 3 hard copies, a flash drive/CD and a Building Permit Application.
  • Resubmittals need to have 3 hard copies. Please label plans with “Resubmittal” and include the case #, contact name and phone number.
  • Revisions need to have 3 hard copies, a flash drive/CD and a Building Permit Application.
  • Fees can be made once a staff member contacts you. Fees can be made by phone or by a drop off of a check. The staff member assigned to your project will explain the process.
  • Please drop of your plans/permit application in the designated drop box at the Permit Center off Ramona Ave entrance during our regular business hours (8am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 8am-3pm on opposite Fridays)

Permit Applications can be found at:

For questions regarding these procedures:

Please email: (for fastest response)

Please call: 626-744-4200 (leave a message and a staff member will return your call 24-48 hours)

New permitting software is going live on June 11th, 2020. The new software includes service enhancement and also changes to application submittal requirements and inspection request. For additional information, please visit 

Building and Safety News

Portal Center Online

Schedule a building inspection using our online application.

Schedule Inspection

Check your plan review status using our online application.

Plan Review Status

Additional online applications include Research Property and Search for a Permit

The Planning & Community Development Department’s Building & Safety Division is committed to serving as partners for solutions in the development of safe, healthy and economically viable neighborhoods. Its role is to ensure the long-term competitive position of the Pasadena’s housing stock leveraging the partnerships with the public and private sectors. The Building & Safety Division accomplishes this through the development of ordinances, enforcement of the city’s zoning and housing and environmental codes.

Got Questions?

Permit Center

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

Informational Handouts

Find handouts & forms provided by the Building & Safety Division for informational and permit approval purposes.

Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance

With an aging building stock in a seismically active region, Pasadena has recently begun to explore the need for a local ordinance requiring seismic retrofits to certain categories of potentially vulnerable buildings.

Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development (LID), it is a stormwater management strategy that emphasizes conservation and the use of existing natural site features integrated with distributed, small-scale stormwater controls to more closely mimic natural hydrologic patterns in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

License Lookup

For your convenience, we have provided links (see below) for you to look up a license of any licensed contractor, architects, engineers & land surveyors, and geologists & geophysicists in the State of California.