How To Apply For a Permit Online

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The City has a new Online Permit Portal that allows citizens and contractors to apply for specific permits online. 

In an effort to provide 24 hour access to our customers, and to make your interactions with the City more efficient, we are providing electronic access to the permitting services we provide. You will be able to track online the status of your project, pay a fee, upload information, download documents, and schedule inspections.

Registering for an Account

To register an account and begin the permit process, you can access the new Citizen Access Portal from either of two sources: www.cityoflancasterca.org (click on “Residents” or "Business", and then “Apply for a Permit”) or you can access the Permit Portal directly from here: https://aca.accela.com/lancaster

Once you have created an account, please let staff know the specific email address you used to create your account, and they will provide you online access to your permit application and/or project.

Please review the instructions on how to register and apply for a permit online here.

Online Permits

Currently, the following permits can be applied for online: 

  • Commercial Solar
  • Commercial Electrical
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • Commercial Re-roof
  • Commercial Mechanical
  • Commercial Water Heater
  • Encroachment-Utility (This Permit is only for Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas, Time Warner Cable, L.A. County Waterworks, Frontier Communications and Total Barricade Service, Inc.)
  • Residential Solar
  • Residential Electrical
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Residential Re-roof
  • Residential Water Heater
  • Residential Pool-Spa
  • Residential Mechanical
  • Residential Patio
  • Sign-Permanent

All additional permits, even if not applied for online initially, can be processed online. Work can ONLY  begin once the permit fees have been paid and the permit issued.

If you are unsure what forms need to be uploaded for your particular permit, please visit the:
Building and Safety Permits Webpage  or Development Engineering Webpage for further information.

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