What We Do
The Permit Report is a company that provides real estate information in the form of an electronic report.
This information consists of building permits, certificates of occupancy and other types of permits and
property information that are on file with local government agencies. We are in the business of retrieving
public records for this information. We take this information, compile it and create a report which then
gets sent to you the customer. We do not interpret this information for you; we just provide an easy means
of obtaining public documents. We will do our best to answer questions that arise from the information
that we send you but we are not experts in the field of permits. We are experts in permit searching!
Who We Are
The Permit Report was created out of the growing need to have a standardized
way of providing real estate buyers, sellers, and agents information about
construction and/or remodeling permits associated with real estate property.
We have found that there has been an increasing number of lawsuits against
agents and sellers who do not provide permit information on their properties. We
strive to provide fast, accurate permit reports, as well as great customer
- Online Ordering
- Online Retrieval
- 3 Payments choices including "Pay Through Escrow"
- $1 Million Errors & Omission Insured Policy
- Report Archive
- Automatic order status update emails
- No Hassle of Paper
- Quicker turn around times
- Easy to use website
- Clean and clear reports
- More products and services
- We help to reduce your liability
- Saves you time. We do the searching for you!
ABOUT PERMIT SEARCHES
The Permit Report takes the place of the traditional permit search. A permit search is done to find
available permits and documents created during the course of construction or additional work that may have
been done after the initial construction. Most permit searches are done at a local municipality.
A permit search can only recover permits and documents available at the applicable public agency. The Permit
Report's search may provide incomplete or ambiguous results due to the age of the home, differences in
how the jurisdiction maintains and files permit and construction information. Permits can be lost, misplaced,
or even disgarded. With these potential limitations in mind, the Permit Report provides all building permits,
mechanical permits, electrical permits, plumbing permits, and certificates of occupancy documents our search
obtains for the subject home. This information can supplement the information provided to you by a home
inspector, the seller, real estate agent and your own experience.
Certificate of Occupancy
A Certificate of Occupancy is issued pursuant to a building permit for new construction, additions, and
changes of occupancy after all the necessary construction has been approved by the inspector. It is
evidence that the Department of Building and Safety has determined that the construction was done according
to the requirements of the code for the given occupancy to be housed in the building. Not all construction
work receives a C of O, only when square footage is being added. For new construction, the C of O is
automatically issued following the final inspection. For older construction, a C of O may not be on file and
would require special attention (http://www.ladbs.org/faq/faq.htm).
Application for Permit
To obtain a permit, the applicant shall file an application on forms furnished by the Los Angeles Department
of Building and Safety. Once the Department of Building and Safety determines that the information on the
application meets its requirements, the Department issues a permit.
A permit is required to build, remodel, repair, demolish, remove or move any building or structure. A
separate permit is required for each separate building or structure. Examples of work that requires a permit:
roofing, stucco, window, and door change-out, drywall replacement, installation of security bars, fire damage
repairs, chimney repairs, and anchor bolting/bracing foundation (Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 91.106).
A plumbing permit is required to add, alter, construct, install, move, relocate, remove, reconstruct, repair,
or replace any plumbing, rainwater piping, subsurface drainage piping, swimming pool piping, reclaimed, water
piping, or greywater piping. A permit shall be required where the Department has determined that the gas piping
shall be retested for the following:
- The system has been out of service for a period of one year
- Where the Department had determined there is system leakage creating an immediate hazard to persons or property (Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 94.103.1).
An electrical permit is required for electrical wiring. No person shall install, alter, reconstruct or repair
any electrical wiring unless a permit has been obtained from the Department except as provided by your local city
code (Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 93.0201).
Mechanical (HVAC) Permit*
An HVAC permit is required to install, alter, repair, relocate, replace or add any heating, ventilating, or
air-conditioning equipment. A permit shall be obtained for all heating, ventilating, air-conditioning or
refrigeration equipment or other miscellaneous heat-producing appliances moved with, or installed in, a relocated
building in the City (Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 95.0112).
Sewer Permits are issued to private individuals or contractors to connect to an existing house connection sewer
or to facilitate the construction of a house connection sewer.
There are two types of sewer connection:
- Property Line Connection: (requires Building & Safety inspection)
This may be a new connection or reconnection to a house connection sewer located at the property line.
- Main Line Connection: (requires Public Works inspection)
This type of connection is required when the house connection sewer extending to the property line does not exist. To extend a sewer line from the property line to the City's main sewer, a bonded sewer contractor must perform the work (Los Angeles City - Department of Public Works - Bureau of Engineering).
A grading permit is required to import or export any earth material to or from any grading site. A grading
permit is also required to perform any grading within areas within areas designated "hillside"
(Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 91.106).
A plot plan is a scale drawing of your property that shows the size and configuration of your property and the
size and location of manmade features (building, driveways, and sidewalks) on the property. Plot plans show
what currently exists on your property as well as physical changes you wish to make.
Parcel Profile Report
A report that displays the zoning information for most parcels within the City of Los Angeles that can be
identified by address or property tax bill number.
Any violations/order to comply on a property. Violations within the last 12 months will not be on file.
Reports approved by the Grading Department
*Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical Permits are only available from 1985-1990 and 1997 to present