Important Updates:

The City of Palm Desert is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. Click here for more information.




In the interest of public health and safety, the Building and Safety Department counter is closed to the public.

New electronic services are in place to serve the public.

Fill out a building permit application and submit it with your plans

Building Application 2020

Permit applications and plans will be accepted at

Plans, corrections and permits will be reviewed electronically and issued via email. Applicants will not receive a paper copy of their approved documents, and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to print documents for all inspections.

Due to the temporary closure of Building and Safety public counter you can email questions to or call us at (760) 776-6420.



Inspection requests can be made by emailing

When requesting an inspection provide the following:

  • Address
  • Permit Number
  • Type of Inspection
  • Contact Person and phone number


Design professionals, such as Architects and Engineers, whose “wet” signature is required for submittal of hard copy plans will be required to obtain a “digital signature” key for signature of electronically submitted plans. Non-design professionals shall sign plans via electronic signature. Click here for details about digital and electronic signature requirements.


California Building Code, Section 105.5 provides that every permit issued by the Building & Safety Department shall become invalid WHEN:

  • The building or work authorized by such permit is not commenced within 1 year from the date of such permit, or
  • The building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of 1 year, or
  • The person or entity to which the permit is issued fails to request a first inspection within 1 year from the date the permit was issued.


California Building Code Section 105.5 provides any person/permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for an extension of the time within which work may commence under that permit which the permittee is unable to commence work within the time required by this section for good and satisfactory reasons. The building official may extend the time for action by the permittee for a period not exceeding 180 days on written request by the permittee showing that circumstances beyond the control of the permittee have prevented action from being taken.

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