Building Division


Building Inspections

Building inspections will be conducted Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 5:00. The best way to schedule an inspection is to email request to or you can call 559-935-1533 ext.146.  Please provide permit number and time preferred. Our inspections are scheduled in 1/2 hour intervals.

Permit Processing

Please download the City of Coalinga Building Permit Application  from our website and email it to Robert Smith in the Building Department or drop off the application at City Hall.

To schedule an appointment for a permit or have questions about a permit, please contact Robert Smith at (559) 935-1533 x146 or by email at

Note: All contractors performing work in the City of Coalinga must have a valid City of Coalinga Business license. Please download the City of Coalinga Business License Application from our website and email to Olga Sanchez at


The Building and Safety Division oversees all phases of new building construction and performs a variety of inspections. The head of the division is the Chief Building Official.

The Building and Safety Division provides:

  • Assurance of building safety for new buildings, additions, tenant improvements, etc.
  • Building permit plan check
  • Permit issuance

Additionally, Building and Safety maintains a historical permit and plan archive of thousands of construction documents. This section enforces the California Building Codes as amended by the City during adoption.

Permit Requirements

All permits require an appointment. To schedule an Inspection: Email: (preferred) or call 559-935-1533, ext. 146 (leave message and wait for a call back with available times).

Exempt, no building permit required:

  • Cosmetic work, e.g. carpeting, painting, trim, and wall covering
  • One story detached accessory buildings not on a permanent foundation such as a shed not exceeding 120 square feet
  • Platforms, walkways, and driveways no more than 30 inches above ground, 10 feet from the curb face and not over a basement or story below
  • Window awning project no more than 54 inches

Over the counter, same day processing:

  • Any electrical, plumbing and mechanical upgrades or repairs
  • Encroachment Permits (City sidewalks, driveways approaches, curbs, and gutters)
  • Fireplace installation
  • Portable spas
  • Re-roofing (both overlay and tear-off)

Fast Track 5 to 10 working days:

  • Additions to single family dwellings
  • Foundation replacement/repair
  • Garages, storage buildings, decks, carports, patio covers
  • Minor structural repair
  • Residential Swimming pools and spas
  • Single family dwelling of conventional light frame construction

Normal Processing, depending on size of project (approximately 2 weeks):

  • Major alterations, additions, and structural upgrading
  • Projects that require planning review and approval (i.e. setbacks, heights, and land use)
  • Second story additions

Monthly Building Permit Activity