Building Inspections


The Building Division provides:
  • Building permit processing
  • Plan checking
  • Building inspections
  • Building code compliance

Building Department Office and Inspection Hours

The City of Auburn Building Department has implemented COVID-19 prevention protocols, including modifications to our submittal processes to reduce the need to visit our office.

Building Permits, Planning and Public Works Inspection Services

The following describes the services that remain available along with a description of how to contact The City of Auburn for such services. We encourage the public to contact city staff by email for the quickest response. 

Public Inquiries

For general questions regarding Building Permits please email Amy Franklin, Public Works Permits please email James Taber 

Submittal of Building Permit Applications

Residential and Commercial basic permits (water heaters, reroofs, electrical, etc.) without (not requiring) plan review – applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Permits will be processed and issued in an expedited time frame if all paperwork has been provided.  

Building Permit applications for other projects (SFD, New Structures, Additions, Remodels, Change in Use, etc.) requiring plan review, applicants are encouraged to apply online or in person.

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Questions about the online application process can be answered by Amy Franklin or call 530-823-4211 x136.

Building Inspections

Building Inspections are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with no inspections being conducted on Fridays. To schedule an inspection please call 530-823-4211 x 389. 

Building, Planning and Public Works Department Office Hours

Permit issuance – Monday through Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Building Official Office Hours- Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to email Curtis Ryan, Coastland Consultant Building Official/Inspector or call 530-718-4701.

General Planning Inquiries: Planning staff is available every Wednesday (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) No appointment necessary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to call 530-823-4211 x140.  Planning Application Submittals: by appointment only Tuesday (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) and Friday (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). 

Public Works Manager office hours- No appointment necessary. Monday through Friday 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm. Applicants are strongly encouraged to email Mengil or call 530-823-4211 x145.   The Public Works Manager is also available by appointment only Wednesdays 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Permit Application

To apply for a building permit, click HERE

Expedited Electric Vehicle Permit Process

EV Chargers

The City of Auburn has adopted an ordinance that creates an expedited, streamlined permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations consistent with state law. In developing an expedited permitting process, the city adopted a checklist of all requirements with which electric vehicle charging stations shall comply in order to be eligible for expedited review. A permit application that satisfies the information requirements in the checklist, as determined by the city, shall be deemed complete within five business days. Upon submission and meeting the requirements of the checklist the city will issue all required permits or authorizations.  New legislation (Assembly Bill 970) allows 20 business days (applications for 25 or less EV chargers) or 40 business days (applications for 26 or more EV chargers) for permit approval.

Please refer to the attached links to the city ordinance, or the City of Auburn’s public service counter for the building permit application and electric vehicle checklist.  Also provided is an Informational Bulletin that provides additional detail and information about how the expedited program works, as well as links to important resources/information.

Find the AB 1236 Permitting Checklist here.

Please note that the city refers to the recommendations contained in the most current version of the “Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Permitting Checklist” of the “Zero-Emission Vehicles in California: Community Readiness Guidebook” published by the Office of Planning and Research.

City of Auburn Outdoor Business Application


1. Determine if the proposed outdoor business area is in the Public Way (City street, City sidewalk, City owned parking lot, or other City owned property) or if the outdoor area is on privately owned property.
2. If the outdoor area is in the Public Way, please fill out the “Outdoor Business Program Packet (Public Right of Way) 2021” and provide the referenced documents. An Encroachment Permit Application is required. See the document “Covid Structure Anchorage” for anchoring requirements.
3. If the outdoor area is in the Private Property, please fill out the “Outdoor Business Program Packet (private) 2021” and provide the referenced documents.  See the document “Covid Structure Anchorage” for anchoring requirements.
4. The application and documents will be reviewed by City Staff. Please note: an application under the outdoor business guidelines is not automatically approved and City staff will contact the applicant if further documentation is required. Approvals will be returned in writing.

For questions regarding the Encroachment Permit requirements please contact James Taber.