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Permits / Applications for Home Improvements

Updated August 31, 2017

Planning Applications | Building Applications

City planning approval by the Current Planning Division is required for residential additions, remodels, paint color, landscaping, and other physical features to ensure compliance with the Cerritos Municipal Code. For building renovations and new construction, a building permit issued by the Building and Safety Division is also required. If you are planning to make any physical modifications to your home or property, please contact the Department of Community Development at (562) 916-1201 to learn about required approvals and permits.

To check the status of an existing building permit or request a permit inspection, contact the Building and Safety Division at (562) 916-1209.

For a detailed guide of necessary forms and applications required for projects, please click the link provided below:

Application and Building Permit Forms (PDF)

Below is a list of permit applications available for download and other helpful information:

Planning Applications and Information

Air Conditioning Application (PDF)

Antenna Application (PDF)

Block Wall/Fence Application (PDF)

Block Wall Replacement Application — Arterial (PDF)

Boarding House Permit Application (PDF)

Cerritos GIS Mapping Tool (property information and planning approval history)

Development Code Amendment Application (PDF)

Development Map Amendment Application (PDF)

Drought-Tolerant Plant Color Reference Guide (PDF)

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Application—Residential (PDF)

Engineering Permits

Front Yard Landscape Design Manual (PDF)

General Plan Amendment Application (PDF)

Green Building Fee Waiver Application (PDF)

HOA Approval Form (PDF)

Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Application (PDF)

Master Fee Schedule (PDF)

Paint Color Permit Application (PDF)

On-line Color Palette

Patio Structure Application (PDF)

Private Parkway Tree Removal Application (PDF)

Re-Roof Application (PDF)

Residential Design Manual (PDF)

Room Addition Application — Major: Adding More than 900 Square Feet or 70% of Existing Floor Area (PDF)

Room Addition Application — Minor: Adding Less than 900 Square Feet (PDF)

Skylight Application (PDF)

Solar Energy System Application (PDF)

Swimming Pool Demolition Plan Example (PDF)

Swimming Pool, Spa and Equipment Application (PDF)

Window Plan Example and Code Requirements (PDF)

Building and Safety Permit Applications and Information

These must be accompanied by building plans and other applications as required.

Building Permit Application (PDF)

Combination Pool Permit Application (PDF) (submit with Swimming Pool, Spa and Equipment Application (PDF))

Construction and Demolition (C&D)
Waste Management Forms (PDF

Electrical Permit Application (PDF)

Grading/Landscape Permit Application (PDF)

Green Building Fee Waiver Application (PDF)

Master Fee Schedule—City Building and Safety Fees (PDF)

Mechanical Permit Application (PDF)

Miscellaneous Permit Application (PDF)

Plumbing Permit Application (PDF)

Sewer Permit Application (PDF)



Print, complete, and sign the application above for your project and bring it to the Department of Community Development for review, along with any required plans and attachments. Copies of these applications are also available at the Department of Community Development in City Hall.

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