WHAT IS A BUILDING PERMIT?
A building permit is a license that grants legal permission to construct or alter a structure. It is, then, a license to build. In general, a permit is required for all activities that are regulated by the City Building Code or its referenced codes. The permit causes the work to be reviewed, approved and inspected to confirm compliance with the Code.
WHY IS A PERMIT REQUIRED?
WHEN IS A PERMIT REQUIRED?
Most building projects will require a permit of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards that protect its occupants and neighbors, not only in everyday living, but also in case of emergencies and natural disasters.
Permits are required for all buildings or structures erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a separate permit for each building or structure has first been obtained from the building official. Additionally, all block walls 6 feet or higher require a building permit.
TYPES OF PERMITS
Another common type of permit is a Solar Permit for the installation of one- and two- family residential solar photovoltaic energy systems 10kW or less. The plans and permits for these systems are eligible for expedited processing upon successful completion of an Eligibility Checklist for Expedited Residential Solar Permitting . (Please note that derating of the electrical service panel to accommodate a solar installation is not permitted.)
GENERAL PERMIT PROCESS
The following are general steps in the process of obtaining a permit and inspection approvals:
The following general conditions apply to all permits:
CODES AND LAWS
The Community Development Department is the agency charged with the administration and enforcement of municipal zoning and building regulations and requirements prescribed by California State law Title 24. The City of Buena Park adopts the following California codes as the municipal building laws of the community:
These codes are followed by all California cities and counties with some minor modification depending on the jurisdiction. The Community Development Department also enforces certain State of California requirements for minimum housing, energy conservation, workers' compensation certificates, and access for the physically disabled.
WHO CAN OBTAIN A PERMIT?
Permits are issued to duly licensed contractors. However, a homeowner can obtain a permit to do the construction, alteration or repair of a one or two-family dwelling and accessory buildings or facilities thereto if:
Building Permit Application
WORK EXEMPT FROM A PERMIT
A building permit shall not be required for the following:
The City requires that any person conducting, managing, carrying on or engaging in any business, trade, profession, or occupation in the City of Buena Park, obtain a business license from the City.
In order to license a business or make a change to your business name, ownership, address or activity, a business license application form needs to be completed. You may call (714) 562-3737 to request an application or download the application below.
If you download the application, please contact the Business License office for applicable fees. Please note: many applications need to be approved by the Community Development Department before a business license can be issued.
First-time applicants must apply in person and provide a leasing agreement when applying for a new Business License.
Download a Business License Application here .
In 1783 California belonged to Spain, and Pedro Fages was the Governor of this part of the country. He was given permission from the King of Spain to make land grants in California, and gave one such piece of land to Manuel Nieto, ex-corporal of the "Leather Jacket" guards of the Portola Expedition. This piece of land extended from the San Gabriel River to the Santa Ana River, and from the ocean to the road, from San Gabriel Mission.
The Whitaker-Jaynes Estate, located in
the City's Historical District
across the street from City Hall ,
is available for tours.
In 1834 Manuel Nieto's land was divided into five ranchos. One of the five ranchos was named Rancho Los Coyotes and totaled 48,806 acres. Buena Park is located near the center of this rancho.
Rancho Los Coyotes is a center of California and American history, for it was here in January 1847, that Commodore Robert S. Stockton and his band of Americans rested in preparation for the battle of the San Gabriel River. The battle was won and the outcome of the Mexican War (1846-48) was settled in this area. The exact location of Stockton's encampment is historically marked near the Los Coyotes Country Club in the Bellehurst area of Buena Park.
In 1885, James A. Whitaker, a wholesale grocer from Chicago, bought 690 acres of the Stearns Rancho, part of what was once the sprawling Rancho Los Coyotes. Whitaker intended to create a cattle ranch, but Santa Fe Railway officials convinced him to use the land for a new town. Whitaker filed his township paper s in 1887 in Los Angeles County - Orange County had not been formed - to create the town of Buena Park. The City was not incorporated until 1953.
Buena Park first became known as a dairy center, and both the Sante Fe and Southern Pacific railroads built depots. The Lily Creamery started operations in Buena Park in 1889. With the exception of a few wineries, the creamery was the first industry in the city.
Today, the City's main claim to fame is as the home of the popular E-Zone or Entertainment Zone.
Located on and around Beach Boulevard south of the 91 Freeway the E-Zone is home to such exciting attractions as Knott's Berry Farm , Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament , Knott's Soak City U.S.A . and the swashbuckling Pirate's Dinner Adventure .
For more information on local history and Whitaker-Jaynes Estate tour information, visit the Buena Park Historical Society's website.