Building & Code Compliance

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Public counters at City Hall are open. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Public health and safety easures are in place.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of our “Virtual City Hall” by engaging with the City online, and via phone, email. Plans and applications can be submitted electronically (preferred) or in hard copy with an appointment.

Please note that due to changes in business practices in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, initial response turnaround times may be 24-48 hours. Processing times may also be extended.  Please see revised submittal process timelines and work with your assigned Project Manager to determine anticipated turnaround times for your project.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to serve the residents of our community during this time. For more information, visit the City's COVID-19 Response webpage.

Our Services

Our mission is to provide plan review, permit issuance, and building inspection to the citizens and business owners of the City of San Marcos in a courteous, professional, and ethical manner consistent with customer service goals. It is our sincere desire to preserve and strengthen our standard of living and protect life, health, property, and public welfare through an effective administration and regulation of the building codes.

Please use this site to access helpful information, download city handouts and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Animal Control

Building Permits

Code Compliance

Contractor's Guide


Forms, Fees and Schedules

Homeowner's Guide


Mobile Homes and Parks

Plan Check

Property Value & Preservation Ordinance

Public Facility Fee Deferral Program

Rooming House Ordinance



For questions, please contact the following:

 Building-Related Items  (760) 744-1050 ext. 3243                           
 Inspection Times, Permit Inspections, & Certificates of Occupancy  (760) 744-1050 ext. 3241
 Permit Fees, Plan Submittals  (760) 744-1050 ext. 3205
 Plan Check Status  (760) 744-1050 ext. 3244


Building & Code Compliance  

1 Civic Center Drive

San Marcos, CA 92069                               
(760) 744-1050

Barry Reynolds, Building Official         
(760) 744-1050 ext. 3241