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425 N El Dorado St
Stockton CA 95202
Building Department information for City of Stockton, CA

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City of Stockton, CA - Building Department Information

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Building and Related Codes and Amendments

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Building Codes

Effective January 1, 2017, the City of Stockton Building Division is requiring all new plan review and permit applications to comply with 2016 California Building Standards Codes.

Projects are reviewed for compliance with the following construction codes:

  • Stockton Municipal Code (SMC), Title 15
  • California State Building Codes: Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Energy, and Fire
    • 2016 California Administrative Code
    • 2016 California Building Code - Amended per Title 15 of SMC
    • 2016 California Existing Building Code
    • 2016 California Electrical Code - Amended per SMC
    • 2016 California Energy Code
    • 2016 California Fire Code - Amended per SMC
    • 2016 California Green Building Standards Code - Amended per SMC Title 15
    • 2016 California Mechanical Code
    • 2016 California Plumbing Code
    • 2016 California Referenced Standard Code
    • 2016 California Residential Code
  • California State Building Codes available at California Building Standard Commission site in External Links.
  • Most recent adopted editions of Model Codes available at Cesar Chavez Central Library.

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Permit Information and Forms

The information below is taken from the City of Stockton, CA website

Building Permits & Inspection

The City of Stockton Building Division is responsible for the enforcement of codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to building construction and remodeling within the City of Stockton, through:

Building Permits & Inspection Page

    • Information to help you get started with the permit process

Questions about Building Permits & Inspection,?

Contact Us or submit a service request through Ask Stockton.


Energy Code Requirements

Additional residential and non-residential forms available at the California Energy Commission site. (See External Links below.)

Green Build Standards Code

  • Green Building Standards Ordinance Adopted 2014-12-02
  • 2010 Residential Energy Additions / Alterations Checklist (Prescriptive Approach)


General Information/Brochures

Standard Residential Details


Licensing Information

The information below is taken from the City of Stockton, CA website

Business Licensing

The Business License Tax Division ensures businesses operating within the City of Stockton comply with the Stockton Municipal Code Business and Rental Tax requirements:.

  • Using field enforcement and multiple lead sources including the State Board of Equalization, Fictitious Business Names, inter-governmental referrals, and citizen reports/complaints and
  • Generating additional revenue for the General Fund, which provides police and fire protection, street maintenance, libraries, parks, and other City services.

City of Stockton Municipal Code Section 5.04.040 states no person shall engage in any profession, trade, calling, occupation, or business without first having procured a license. Self-employed persons and independent contractors are also required to pay the Business Tax.

To obtain a Business License:

Business License Applications & Forms

Disability Access and Education Fee (SB 1186)

On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed into law SB-1186 which adds a state fee of $1 on
any applicant for a local business license or similar instrument or permit, or renewal thereof.

This fee helps:

    • increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements
    • develops educational resources for businesses to comply with federal and state disability laws.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.

Learn more about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws using the External Links below.

Business License Categories and Fees

An annual registration tax applies for each license, and, depending on the business activity, each business will also pay a mill tax, flat rate, or a combination of both.

Please see the Stockton Municipal Code for more information about business categories and the application of fees; a link is provided under External Links below.

  • Cannabis
  • General Contractors and Developers
  • Ice Cream Vendors
  • Itinerant Merchants
  • Manufacturing, Processing, Packing, and Public Utility
  • Massage Establishments
  • Motorized Food Wagons
  • Pawnbrokers, Secondhand Dealers, and Junk Dealers
  • Peddlers and Solicitors
  • Professions
  • Retail, Rental, and Miscellaneous
  • Speciality Contractors
  • Wholesale and Newspaper Publication


Penalties accrue at 15% per month of the applicable business license tax due - to a maximum of 60%. In addition, you may be required to pay 25% in additional penalties for engaging in business without the required license.

Additional Information

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