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Building & Safety

Welcome to the City of Monterey Building and Safety Division. This division of the Community Development Department is responsible for reviewing plans and inspecting all phases of construction for compliance with applicable local and State codes. Related Permit Application Forms

Permit Applications - Complete applications may be submitted by email to Applicants will be contacted with fee payment information.

We are paperless

The Building & Safety Division is paperless. That means that all submittals and business services can be done via email. We do have a window open (appointment only) between 7 am -4 pm,  (closed on Wednesdays from 1-2).  We issue simple over-the-counter permits or answer questions.  

Find out if you have a sewer lateral line and a backwater valve on your property

BackWaterValve-BrochureCoverRaw sewage. Have you ever had it come out of your toilets, shower stalls or sinks? Though rare, some residents have experienced such unfortunate events. While the City has an aggressive maintenance program that includes cleaning and inspecting sewer mains, it is still possible that a City sewer main can plug up and lead to sewage flooding. However, by installing sewer laterals and release valves (SRV and BWV) on at-risk properties, owners can minimize their exposure to such an incident. Find out more information in this guide. Also see the MRWMD Shared Responsibility Flyer.

Sewer Lateral and Backwater Valve Lookup

Backwater Valve Brochure

Check the box when you look up an address in the Property Review portal:

Sanitary Sewer Lateral Inspection Program
see details on the Property Inspections web page

As of January 1, 2019, in accordance with the Monterey City Code 30-1.2 (Ordinance 3579), the City of Monterey began implementing a mandatory "Sanitary Sewer Lateral Inspection and Repair Program". The new program updates the process and uses a new form. The new form replaces the previously accepted "Plumber's report" regarding the condition of the sewer lateral, backwater valve, and sewer relief vent. See page 13 of the Master Fee Schedule for the cost of this permit.
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program

California experienced a staggering 17 major wildfires in 2021.

After a wildfire, charred soil and burnt vegetation cause greater risk of flooding and mudflow for five years or more. Flood damage after fire is often more severe.  Dangerous mudflows may occur when rainwater moves across barren ground, picking up soil and sediment and carrying it in a stream of floodwaters.

This means home and business owners don’t need to protect themselves just against the risk of the next wildfire, but also from the flash flood and mudflow risk the last wildfire season brought to your state.

This is why the (Federal Emergency Management Agency) FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is promoting the importance of flood insurance to financially prepare for Flood After Fire in California. FEMA is encouraging residents to protect the lives they’ve built with flood insurance. Because there’s typically a 30-day wait before a policy goes into effect, it’s important to get coverage now, since floods are the most common and costly natural hazard in the nation.

Here are a few educational resources, including: