Community Development Department

During the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the use of online services is preferred. When visiting the Permit Center for service, social distancing is required, which limits counter service capacity. For additional information and assistance, please Contact Us.


New Services


Online 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.
  • Permit Center lobby occupancy and the number of service windows are reduced to facilitate required social distancing. The waiting area may extend to outside the building and longer wait times may be experienced.
  • Online digital plan submission is preferred; however, in-person paper plans will be accepted. Paper plans will be subject to a 24-hour hold time prior to processing.
  • Inspections: currently, for their safety, 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 jobsite.
    • For more information, please visit the City of Stockton Updates webpage.


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)


Information to Download, Print, and Email

Download Icon Building Applications

Download Icon Engineering Applications

Download Icon Planning Applications

Download Icon Municipal Utilities Department (MUD) Applications

Download Icon Fire Prevention Permit Information


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ For Building Division Building Division FAQs

Engineering and Planning FAQs Planning & Engineering FAQs


General Online Application Submittal

Download, complete, sign, and return general applications to


Building Applications Submitted Online

Download, complete, sign, and return building applications to
Permit Center Technicians will review and reply to emails received. To reach the Permit Center by telephone, please call (209) 937-8561.


Temporary Outdoor Permits

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 --- 11/19/2020

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