Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Building Division

What is an Assessor Parcel Number and how do I determine mine?

Use this interactive map tool or contact the Planning and Engineering Division.  An Assessor Parcel Number is a unique parcel identification number assigned by San Joaquin County.  

  • First three numbers:  Assessor map book number
  • Middle three numbers:  Page and block number, where appropriate
  • Last two numbers:  Parcel number within the page (or block)


Assessor Book Page Parcel


Permit submittal requirements

Review page 2 of the building permit application for submittal requirements.  For more information, please contact the Building Division.

What is the turnaround time for the approval of a building permit?

Please review "Projected Cycle Times for Building Plan Review."


Who can apply for a permit?

A property owner or an appropriately-licensed contractor/architect/engineer may apply for a building permit.  Property owners must complete the owner-builder form.

Who is my water service provider?

For information about service providers for your address, please visit About Your Address.


Inspection scheduling/process/status

To schedule an inspection, you can either use the 'Schedule Online Inspection" link under External Links below or call the 24-hour automated

The caller may request inspections for the next working day prior to 4 p.m.  Calls made after 4 p.m. that day will be scheduled for the second working day following. If you would like to be contacted by the inspector prior to the inspection, please leave a detailed message and a contact telephone number for your inspector.  For more information, please contact the Building Division.

If you are unable to schedule an appointment online, please Contact Us for assistance with the online inspection system or to schedule directly with a Building Inspector.


Where can I file a complaint about suspected code violations?

Neighborhood Services Division of the Police Department investigates all complaints.  To file a complaint by phone, please call Neighborhood Services Division/Code Enforcement.  To submit a question, or comment directly, select the appropriate topic to Ask Stockton


Do I need a business license?

Generally, anyone conducting business in the City is required to obtain a business license.  Please contact the Business License Division for more information.


How do I change my address?

A property owner may request a change of address by submitting the request in writing with the required processing fee.  For more information, please contact the Building Division.


Permit Center Business Hours

See Current Hours.

Office address and contact information

Contact Us for current hours and phone numbers.



External Links

San Joaquin County Assessor's Office

Schedule An Online Inspection



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/21/2016