Permits & Plan Checking

General Requirements

Building Codes

The City of Woodland Building Division uses the following codes:

  • 2022 California Building Code (CBC)
  • 2022 California Plumbing Code (CPC)
  • 2022 California Mechanical Code (CMC)
  • 2022 California Electrical Code (CEC)
  • 2022 California Residential Code (CRC)
  • Green Building Code
  • Uniform Housing Code
  • Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings
  • Uniform Security Code
  • City of Woodland Municipal Code

It should be noted that these model codes are amended by the State of California and the City of Woodland to include various additional requirements. Standard code questions can be answered by Building Division staff; however, more complex design issues should be referred to a design professional such as an architect or engineer.

Permits & Reviews

The Building Division issues a number of different permits, such as building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical. Permits from other divisions, such as, public works, or fire, may also be required. A building permit is required anytime a building or structure, or any electrical, plumbing or mechanical system, is to be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished. There are some exceptions to this requirement. If you are planning a project, it's a good idea to contact Building Division staff to see if a permit will be required. The phone number is 530-661-5820.

Permit Application & Other Forms

Permit application forms that can be downloaded and either carried in, mailed or faxed. You must call the Building Division for specific building permit and plan check fees.

All permits must be picked-up in person.

To access general permit application and other forms check the forms page.


Inspections are required for all permitted work in the City of Woodland. The purpose of inspections is to ensure that the work meets the construction and installation requirements of applicable codes. Inspection requests should be made at least one day in advance. Inspection requests can be made by calling 530-661-5817, anytime.

Normal inspections are performed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is your responsibility to arrange for inspections, and the proper inspection must take place before you can proceed to the next phase of the work. For additional information, contact the Building Division at 530-661-5820. Please see the scheduling inspections page.


The Building Division collects fees to cover the costs of providing services. Typical fees may include, plan check, building inspection, and documentation. Fees not collected by the Building Division include, school fees (both elementary and high school). For specific fee questions, call the Building Division at 530-661-5820.

To access general permit fee information and examples check the forms page.

Certificate of Occupancy

For all commercial projects, after the final inspection and verification that all work under a permit is complete for new construction or additions and that all Divisional conditions have been met, the Building Division will issue a Certificate of Occupancy, signifying that you have met all requirements and that your project is safe and legal for occupancy and use.

Hours of Construction

See the Construction Noise Guidelines page for more information.

  • Monday - Friday and Saturday
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday and Holidays
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Exceptions to these hours must be approved by the Building Official

Type of Project You are Planning