Permit Center

Due to the COVID-19 surge and the Regional Stay Home Order for San Joaquin Valley, City public offices and counters, including the Community Development Department and Permit Center, will be closed to in-person public access, effective Monday, December 28, 2020.

We are available to assist customers by telephone, email, and through other online services. For additional information and assistance from the Community Development Department, please Contact Us.

Customer Satisfaction Survey


Link to Customer Satisfaction Survey


Services During COVID-19

  • All Permit Center business activities are supported online. Customers are asked to access services through the Accela Citizens Portal, email, or by contacting City departments by telephone.
  • Online digital plan submission is available via email and the Accela Citizen Portal.

Online Services

Online Icon Accela Citizen Permit Portal for Online Services 

  • Pay Permit Fees  (Guide to Paying Fees)
  • Check Permit Status
  • Schedule an Inspection
  • Apply for building and engineering permits (new feature, not all permits yet available)


Building Plan Submission Moves to Paperless

The Permit Center is going to paperless plan submission. As of March 2021, plans must be submitted electronically by email, online, or in person at the Permit Center counter. If coming to the counter, plans should be brought in on a USB flash drive or CD. With the electronic plan program, customers can save on printing costs and easily check plan status online at any time. Learn more on the Building Permit Plan Check page.

Permit Applications Via Email

For permits not yet available through Accela, applications can be downloaded, completed, signed, and returned digitally. Permit Center Technicians will review and reply to emails. Permit Center Technicians are available by phone at (209) 937-8561.




Residential Inspections

  • Currently, for their safety, the City of Stockton Building Inspectors have been instructed not to enter occupied buildings for interior inspections. However, virtual inspections may be an option for some projects. For most projects, if an inspector must enter a building, someone must be present at the job site.
  • Water heaters and HVAC in a garage will be inspected when access is direct to the outside. Inspectors will ask the owner to maintain a safe social distance of 6’ at all times.
  • Electrical services typically are accessed from the outdoors and can be completed. 
  • For building additions, the portion of the addition that can be accessed separately from the main occupied house is acceptable. If the addition can only be accessed through the house, arrangements need to be discussed with the Inspector in advance of the inspection.

Commercial Inspections

  • All inspections will continue within State Guidance and include physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others on-site. Inspectors will not report to an enclosed project trailer, space, or office. 


Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits

The City of Stockton now offers no-cost Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits for restaurants that have space available to use public space and make use of City right-of-way. Requirements are listed in the permit application and in the Local Emergency Order documents:

For additional information about business support services, please contact the City of Stockton Economic Development Department.


External Links

There are currently no external links.

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 2/2/2021

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