Permits are the way the City of Agoura Hills regulates construction and protects the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction. They are designed to ensure that all construction in the city is safe and meets the applicable construction codes. These construction codes, whose purpose is to promote safety and quality construction, are published by several internationally respected model code agencies and have been adopted by reference into Title 8 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code. For more information about the codes, you may refer to the Building and Safety Department's Main Page.
Your permit protects the value of your investment. If your construction project does not comply with the City's building codes, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has been modified without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or perform costly repairs.
By obtaining permits and following code guidelines, your project will meet the standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends and future owners.
5 REASONS TO OBTAIN PERMITS:
Safety – For your family, home, and business
Inspections - Performed by certified inspectors
Protection – Protects your biggest investment
Peace of Mind – Knowing the job was done right
Consistent Standards – Ensures safe construction standards
WHAT PROJECTS DO NOT REQUIRE A PERMIT?
Subsection 105.2 (c) of Section 8103 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code (AHMC) states that, ”Exemptions from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:
1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar
uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
2. Fences, other than masonry,, not over 6 feet (1829 mm) high, measured from the
finish grade immediately adjacent.
3. Oil derricks.
4. Retaining walls less than three (3) feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the
top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or any superimposed load other than the natural
fill of level earth or impounding Class I, II, or IIIA liquids.
5. Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000, gallons (18,925 L)
and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1.
6. Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, and not over any
basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
7. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work.
8. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
9. Prefabricated swimming pool accessory to a Group R-3 Occupancy that are less than eighteen
inches (18”) deep, do not exceed five thousand (5,000) gallons and are installed entirely above ground.
Subsection 105.5 of Section 8103 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code states that, “Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. The building official is authorized to grant one extension of time for period of not more than 180 days. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated. Extensions shall only be granted prior to the expiration of a permit.
When a permit has expired, work shall not recommence prior to obtaining a new permit. Requests to renew an expired permit shall be submitted to the building official, in writing, demonstrating justifiable cause and are subject to the approval of the building official. If approved by the building official, the fee shall be one half of the amount required for a new permit for such work, provided no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications and that no changes have been made to applicable construction codes for such work, and provided further that the suspension or abandonment has not exceeded one year. To renew a permit after one year of suspension or abandonment, the permittee shall be required to pay a new full permit fee and be subject to construction codes in effect at the date of the new permit application.
SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION
Subsection 105.6 of Section 8103 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code states that, “The building official is authorized to suspend or revoke a permit issued under the provisions of this code wherever and whenever the permit is issued in error or on the basis of incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, or in violation of any ordinance or regulations or any of the provisions of this code.
The building official is authorized to suspend or revoke a permit issued under the provisions of this code if construction noise is generated between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday and Federal Holidays. Construction noise is defined as noise which is disturbing, excessive, or offensive and constitutes a nuisance involving discomfort or annoyance to persons of normal sensitivity residing in the area, which is generated by the use of any tools, machinery or equipment used in connection with construction operations.
The building official is authorized to suspend or revoke a permit issued under the provisions of this code if dust is generated in excess of local, state or federal standards or conditions of project approval.”
PLACEMENT OF PERMIT
Subsection 105.7 of Section 8103 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code states that, “The building permit or copy shall be kept on the site of the work until completion of the project. Required permits and approved plans shall be maintained in good condition and be posted or otherwise made available such as to allow the building official to conveniently make the required review, inspection and entries related to the project.”
Subsection 105.10 of Section 8103 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code states that, “No permit issued pursuant to Article VIII of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code shall be transferable to any other person or apply to any location other than that stated in the permit.”
WORK COMMENCING BEFORE PERMIT ISSUANCE
Subsection 109.4 of Section 8103 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code states that, “Any person who commences any work on a building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a special investigation by the building official before a permit may be issued for such work. An investigation fee, in addition to the permit fee, shall be collected whether or not a permit is then or subsequently issued. The investigation fee shall be equal to the amount of the permit fee required for such work by this code.
Subsection 109.5.1 of Section 8103 of the Agoura Hills Municipal Code states that, “A reinspection fee may be assessed for each inspection or reinspection when such portion of work for which inspection is called is not complete or when corrections previously called for are not made. This section is not to be interpreted as requiring reinspection fees the first time a job is rejected for failure to comply with the requirements of this code, but as controlling the practice of calling for inspections before the job is ready for such inspection or reinspection.
Reinspection fees may be assessed when the inspection record permit card is not posted or otherwise available on the work site, the approved plans are not readily available the inspector, for failure to provide access on the date for which the inspection is requested, or for deviation from the plans requiring the approval of the building official. Where reinspection fees have been assessed, no additional inspection of the work shall be performed until the required fees have been paid.
The cost of the permit is based on the valuation of the material and labor of the scope of work for that project. In the event the work requires plans and documentations, all those documents must be approved prior to permit issuance. The permit fee must be paid in full in order for the permit to be issued and any inspection take place.