Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City offices are currently closed to the public. For updates:

If you need an emergency building permit due to life or safety concerns, please call our building department at (858) 668-4644 and a representative will call you back as soon as possible.  Roof-mount solar permits that require no plan check fee may be submitted via mail or by appointment with a completed application and two sets of plans (permits will be issued via email).  Over-the-counter permits for electric upgrades, water heaters and heaters may be submitted via mail or by appointment with a completed application and applicable fee via check payable to City of Poway (permits will be issued via email).  The City is not taking in other applications for new building permits at this time.  Resubmittals may be submitted via mail or by appointment.  For exterior only or essential inspections, please contact (858) 668-4646.

Mailed Submittals 
Address mailed submittals to: David De Vries, City of Poway, Development Services Department, City Hall, 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064

Poway Building Services

The City’s Building Division provides plan check, permitting, and inspection for building-related activities within the City of Poway. The City contracts with EsGil Corporation to provide these services.

When contacting the Building Division, please include your name, address and daytime phone number, and provide as much information as possible relating to your question or request.

Green Building Standards for New Construction

The California Green Building Standards Code requires that new buildings in California be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The regulations will result in reductions in greenhouse gas emission, energy consumption, and water use. All new construction projects are required to comply with the Green Building standards.

Building Inspection

To request a building inspection, please call the automated line at 858-668-4646 and follow the instructions. Building inspections will be performed Monday through Friday, including the Fridays that City Hall is closed. For inspection requests received before 4 p.m., the inspection will be scheduled for the next business day, unless you request a different day in your message.

Permit Fees

Current fees for all building activity are listed in the City’s Master Fee Schedule (PDF) and Solar PV Fees Notice (PDF). Certain permits such as electrical or mechanical have a flat fee. Fees for construction of structures are based on valuation of construction type and use a valuation formula updated periodically from the Regional Chapter of the International Code Council.

Other Helpful Resources

Recent Building Permit Activity

Below are links to monthly building permit activity for the City of Poway. If you have any questions on this data, please contact the Building Division at 858-668-4645.