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Old 7/2/13, 11:20 PM
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How does one go about finding out if a building permit was pulled? Iíve been on the states .gov site but no luck a lot of info on how to apply for one. Do I need special access to search/see permits? I recommend to my client to inquire about permits but not sure how easy they are to find.



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Old 7/3/13, 1:31 AM
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How does one go about finding out if a building permit was pulled? Iíve been on the states .gov site but no luck a lot of info on how to apply for one. Do I need special access to search/see permits? I recommend to my client to inquire about permits but not sure how easy they are to find.
Here in San Diego one can apply for a permit only but one cannot search for past permits to see who got them or for what properties. One has to go down to the building department for that information.



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Old 7/3/13, 1:42 AM
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Building permits are issued by the county, not the state. No?



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Old 7/3/13, 1:48 AM
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Depends in what area you are located. Most are issued by township/city. If it's unicorporated, than it's the county.

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Old 7/3/13, 6:09 AM
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sorry, I meant county.gov site



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Old 7/3/13, 8:43 AM
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Our city has an online permit record search showing all permit activity post 1998. Simply type in the property address. Anything pre-1998 requires a visit to the local Building & Safety Department.



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Depends in what area you are located. Most are issued by township/city. If it's unicorporated, than it's the county.

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