New Construction: Commercial


New Commercial Buildings

Before beginning development on any new commercial project there are steps to take to make sure your new construction will be in compliance with State and local regulations regarding land and construction.

Step 1: Determine Special Development Conditions

Before applying for my building permit, is there any specific information I need to know from the City of Rocklin?

Before developing a parcel of land, you should determine if the parcel is zoned for your desired use or if there are any special development conditions for your project. Please contact the Building Division at (916) 625-5120 for general information. In some cases, you may need to contact individual divisions. Once you have determined the applicable conditions for your project, you will need to determine if a building permit is required for your project.

If my project involves a food establishment or food handling (i.e. food preparation, prepackaged foods or food service), should I contact the Health Department?

Yes. In addition to determining if a building permit is required for your project, you should contact the Placer County Environmental Health Department to determine if a Health Department permit is required and the submittal requirements.

Are there any other agencies that I should contact for information pertaining to my project?

Yes. You should contact your local school district and utility companies for possible fees and requirements. Please see our Agency Directory for school district and utility company addresses and phone numbers.

Step 2: Determine If Building Permit Required

Do I need to apply for a building permit for new commercial construction?

Yes, all new commercial construction requires a building permit. Plans and calculations are reviewed by staff to ensure that construction meets minimum life safety requirements and the project is in compliance with the City of Rocklin zoning ordinance and development standards. 

For new commercial construction, what plans and forms do I need to submit to have a complete submittal?

The following forms are provided for your convenience. Original signatures are required to obtain a permit. 

(Note: Some plans or calculations may not always be necessary. You should contact the Building Division for more specific information or if you have questions regarding your permit application.)

  •  Building Permit Application
  •  Project Contact Information Form
  •  CAL Green Non-Residential Worksheet
  • Placer County Air Quality Supplemental Questionnaire
  • 4 sets of Complete Building Plans (including Site Plan, Site Amenities Plan, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing- gas/water/sewer isometric)
  • Plans shall be drawn to scale (1/4″ = 1′0″ min. excluding site plans), fully dimensioned and legible at a minimum size of 24″ x 36″
  • 4 sets of Grading/Drainage Plans (if applicable)
  • 4 sets of Landscaping Plans
  • 4 sets of Civil/Site Improvement Plans
  • 2 sets of Energy Documentation
  • 2 sets of Truss Calculations (may be deferred)
  • 2 sets of Structural Calculations
  • 2 sets of Electric Load Calculations
  • 2 sets of Soils Reports (If not on file and current with the City of Rocklin.)  
  • Certificate of Compliance School District Development Fees (Complete Part I only)
  • Accessibility Upgrade Worksheet

When I submit my plans and forms, will I need to pay a plan check fee deposit?

Yes, a plan check deposit is required at the time of submittal for all new commercial buildings. Please contact the Building Division at (916) 625-5120 for deposit amount.

Where do I submit my forms and plans?

Building Division
Administration Building, 1st Floor
3970 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA 95677

Step 3: Project Review

After I submit my plans what happens next?

At the time of submittal, the project will be assigned a plan check number that will be used to track the progress of the plans and plan review. The plans will then be distributed by Building staff to the necessary City Departments for their review and comment. Upon receipt of the plans, each department will assign a staff member to the project. 

Each department’s staff member will perform an independent review of your project and forward their comments to the person designated on the Project Contact Information Sheet. The contact person is responsible for addressing each department’s comments and resubmitting revised plans, as needed. This step will continue until each department’s comments have been adequately addressed.

Step 4: Project Approval

After the plans are approved by all required City departments, what is the next step?

Once the reviewing City of Rocklin departments and all other applicable agencies approve the project, they will notify the Building Division of their approval. At this time final fees due will be calculated and the project paperwork will be prepared for permit issuance.

Step 5: Fees And Permit Issuance

Will I need to pay school district fees before my permit can be issued?

Yes. After the plan check has been completed, the Building Division will complete their portion of the Certificate of Compliance School District Development Fees form. The project contact person will then be asked to pick up the form at the Building Division. This form will need to be presented to the appropriate school district and any applicable school district fees will need to be paid. Proof of payment will need to be presented to the Building Division prior to issuance of the permit.

Once I pay the school district fees, will I need to pay fees to the City of Rocklin?

Yes. Once your plans are approved and proof of payment for school district fees is received by the Building Division, the project contact person, or authorized person, will need to pay any additional or outstanding permit fees that may apply to the project. Please visit our Commercial Fees page for details. Once all required fees are paid, the building permit will be issued.

Step 6: Building Inspections

Once my permit is issued and my construction begins, should I request inspections from the City of Rocklin Building Division?

Yes. Inspections that follow the issuance of the permit are provided to ensure that work completed on your project meets current building health and safety codes and standards. To learn how to schedule an inspection, please visit our Commercial Building Inspection page.

Step 7: Project Completion

Once my project passes its final inspection, is there anything else I need to do?

No. After your final inspection, your project will be considered complete. 

Related Forms & Handouts

Contact the Building Division at (916) 625-5120.

Please note: Every project is different and the process may vary slightly. The information provided is for general reference only.