Patio & Decks

Patios and decks may require a building permit depending on orientation to existing structures and distance from the ground. Please check with the Planning Division to determine if separate permits will be required. 


Building permits are required for decks with the following exception:

  • Freestanding decks (decks not connected to a structure), regardless of size, will not require permits if they are not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade.
  • Building permits are not required for slabs on grade.
  • Setback requirements still apply.

Related Forms & Handouts

To see forms and documents related to the permit process, visit our Apps, Forms & Handouts page.

Process Guide

  1. Submit Building Plans
  2. Pay Fees & Get Permits
  3. Schedule Inspections

Building Plans Review

Building Plans are reviewed to ensure that construction meets minimum life safety requirements. Depending upon the type of project and the complexity of construction, staff or our outside consultant will examine your plans for conformance to these requirements.

Where to Submit Plans

Submit plans to:
Community Development Department
41000 Main Street Temecula, CA. 92590

What to Include

  • 1 Building Permit Application (PDF)
  • 3 sets of complete building plans
  • 1 set of scaled floor plans for the County Assessor
  • 2 sets of structural calculations (as applicable)

Plan Check Estimated Timelines

  • New Submittals - Takes 10 to 12 working days
  • Re-Submittals or Corrections - Will take an additional 5 to 7 business days
  • We will call the contact person upon completion