Detached Garages/Carports
Accessory (Outside) Structures

photo of Detached Garage

Before beginning your construction, there are steps to take to make sure it will be in compliance with State and local regulations regarding land and construction.

Step 1: Determine Special Development Conditions

Before determining if a building permit is required for my project, is there any specific information I need to know from the City of Rocklin?

Yes. You should determine 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. In addition, you should also determine if there are any CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) or other deed restrictions for your subdivision and/or property. You may want to contact your homeowner’s association for more information. Once you have determined the applicable conditions for your project, you will need to determine if a building permit is required for your project.

Before applying for my permit, are there any other agencies that should also be contacted?

Yes, you should also contact the appropriate utility companies for possible fees and requirements. Please see our Agency Directory for names, addresses, and phone numbers of local utility companies.

Step 2: Determine if building permit is required

Is a building permit required to build a detached garage or carport?
Yes, a building permit is required to build a detached garage or carport. Once you application, supporting documents, and plans are submitted, they 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.

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. Please do not fax.

(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.)

When the plans and forms are submitted, will I be required to pay a plan check deposit?

Yes, a plan check deposit is required at the time of submittal. See plan check deposit schedule below:

Plan Check Deposit Schedule

Where should I submit the 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 tracking number (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 the 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 departments 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 issuance. Once the fees are calculated and the paperwork is ready, the project contact person will be notified.

Step 5: Fees and permit issuance

Once I pay any applicable City of Rocklin building permit fees, will my permit be issued and can I start my construction at this time?

Yes. Once the plans are approved and all fees are paid, the building permit will be issued. After the permit is issued, you may begin construction.

Step 6: Building Inspections

Once the permit is issued and 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 the project meets current building codes and standards. To learn how to schedule an inspection, please visit our Residential Building Inspection page.

Step 7: Project Completion

Once the project passes its final inspection, is there anything else that needs to be done?

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

You might also be interested in…

• Agency Directory 
• California Building Standards Commission 
• Residential Project Fee Estimator

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