A property owner, contractor, licensed design professional, or authorized agent may apply for a permit.
Once the permit is approved and ready to issue, the Permit Declaration Form must be signed by the property owner, authorized agent of the property owner, or the licensed contractor. A separate Owner/Builder Addendum is required if the permit is signed by the property owner. Both forms are provided at the time of approval.
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Permits are required for, but not necessarily limited to, residential and commercial additions, residential remodels, commercial tenant improvements, reroofs, patio covers, decks, garden and retaining walls, swimming pools, spas, and all electrical, mechanical, or plumbing alterations. If you are considering an alteration to an existing building or a new construction project, please contact the Building Division at 619.667.1176 or via email at email@example.com.
The City is now accepting applications and plans electronically. Please visit our Maintstar Permit Portal. Once an account is created, you may apply for a permit, submit plans, receive permit invoices, schedule inspections and check permit status all 100% online. Please watch this tutorial on How to Create a MaintStar Account.
A plan check fee is due prior to commencement of plan review. Fees are based upon construction valuation. Once the plans have been reviewed and approved by all City departments, a construction permit will be issued upon verification of contractor information and the payment of the required fees. All plans should be reviewed by the Planning Division before construction permit submittal. Contact the Planning Division at 619.667.1177 or via email at Planning@cityoflamesa.us for more information.
Plan review applications for which no permit is issued within one year following the date of application shall expire by limitation. In order to renew action on an application after expiration, the applicant shall resubmit plans and pay a new plan review fee.
See Checklist for Plan Submittal Requirements (PDF)
All applications for mechanical alterations/additions must be submitted in the MaintStar Permit Portal. Both Residential and Commercial heating and air conditioning applications require a completed California State Energy Efficiency Standards form. If any mechanical equipment is proposed on the exterior of a building, a plot plan is also required.
The plot plan drawing should accurately show the property boundaries outline, the dwelling and garage outlines, the location of any exterior mechanical equipment, and the distances between any exterior equipment and property lines. The plot plan drawing should also show the property address, front street location and north arrow.
Building inspection requests must be submitted in the Maintstar Permit Portal. Inspections can only be scheduled for ISSUED permits. Any person(s) requesting an inspection must be a listed contact in that permit record. To be added to a permit record, please contact the Building Division at 619.667.1176 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inspection requests to other departments other than Building, please contact the departments directly:
Inspections may be scheduled for the next business day, if requested by 4 p.m. the day prior. Please visit the City Calendar to view the City of La Mesa’s Friday closures and holidays.
The California Buildings Standards Commission completed the adoption and approval of the following Building Standards and all applicable codes on January 1, 2023. All codes must be cited on the cover sheet of the building plans.
Inspections may be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A specific timeframe may be requested when submitting an inspection request in MaintStar, however that timeframe is not guaranteed. The confirmed timeframe for an inspection will be available in MaintStar the morning of the inspection. For assistance with scheduling an inspection, please contact the Building Division at 619.667.1176 or via email at email@example.com.
It is best to contact the Building Inspectors during their office hours, which are typically 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Building Division keeps copies of all building permits issued and inspections made since the date the property was annexed. Building plans for commercial and residential projects may be available for viewing if the project was submitted within the last 20 years. Copies of Building permit records may be requested by submitting a Public Records Act Request. There is a nominal fee to cover the cost of printing hardcopies of permits. For additional information, please contact the Building Division at 619.667.1176.