Before obtaining a permit, Planning Division approval is usually required. Click on the Planning Division page for information on the Planning Division's requirements and processes.

To obtain a permit, please visit San Gabriel City Hall where you can fill-out a permit application for the type of project that you wish to complete. The property owner or licensed contractor may obtain a permit. Fees vary based on the type of project for which the permit shall be issued. Effective July 1, 2021 all credit card transactions are subject to a 2.9% credit card processing fee. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, Visa and Mastercard. The Building Permit application and other forms can be found online at Application forms.

In accordance with Assembly Bill (AB) 2234, the following information is provided for transparency for residential development post-entitlement processing.

Building Permits

Building Permits include Architectural, Landscape, Demolition, Temporary Facilities. The City of San Gabriel Planning and Building Divisions have comprehensive lists and checklists of submittal items required for Building Permits as well as the permit process for Single-Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Accessory Dwelling Units, and Mixed-Use available online at General Information and Checklists.

Further information specific to streamlining the Accessory Dwelling Unit permit review online by selecting this link: Accessory Dwelling Units Guide.

Processing times for Planning reviews for permits are provided on the City’s website online at Application Forms, General Information, Checklists, and Flowcharts.

Encroachment & Transportation Permits

Encroachment & Transportation Permits include encroachments into right of ways or City lands and transportation haul routes. The Encroachment & Transportation Permit Applications, which include the submittal items for these permits, is provided online at Public Works Permits, Inspections & Applications.


City and links to know agency fees can be reviewed through the fee schedules online at Fee Schedule.

Sample Documents pursuant to AB 2234:

Single-Family Residential

Building Permit

Demolition Permit

Grading Permit

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Building Permit

Multi-Family Development

Building Permit

Demolition Permit

Grading Permit

MEP Permit

Mixed-Use Development

Building Permit

Demolition Permit

Grading Permit

Two-Unit Development

Building Permit

Grading Permit

Demolition Permit

Who Can Obtain A Building Permit?

A California Licensed Contractor

When the contractor/owner is not available to personally obtain the permit, an Owner-Builder Proxy or a Contractor Proxy is required. This form allows them to designate a proxy to perform this duty on their behalf. A letter of authorization is not acceptable for pulling permits by an agent.

Contractors working in the City of San Gabriel are required to have a valid State of California Contractor’s License in good standing. If a contractor has employees, proof of Workers' Compensation Insurance must be shown at the time of permit issuance. Contractors working alone may waive this requirement, but must show their State Contractor’s License.

Contractor State License Board

Owner Builder Information Form

Owner Builder Acknowledgment Form

Home Owner of Record

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:

The owner resides or intends to reside in the dwelling, showing proof of residence and ownership. The construction is performed by the owner, and the owner signs a statement that no person will be employed in a manner as to become subject to the workers' compensation laws of the State of California.

When a permit is taken out, the signature and identity of the applicant must be verified. A California Driver's License, State of California Identification Card, or other positive identification will meet this requirement.

Prior to the issuance of a permit, the following approvals may be required:

Approved Grading Plans (if required by Engineering Division)

County Sanitation District of Los Angeles (new single-family residence)

School Fees Paid (for new habitable construction 500 sq. ft. or more)

Wet Stamped & Signed Grading Certifications (if grading is required)