Tustin, CA


When are building permits required?

A building permit will be required on all:

  • All projects that are to be:
    • Altered
    • Enlarged
    • Modified to an interior or exterior of a structure
    • Remodeled
  • Accessory buildings
  • Commercial or residential buildings
  • Interior or exterior alterations
  • Room additions

Building plans are required in detail to show the proposed work.

How do I get a building permit?

Applications and building permit information can be obtained from the Building Technicians at 714-573-3131 or 714-573-3132 from:
Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m

Do I need a permit to have a garage sale?

No. Garage sales may be held a total of 4 times a year, and only merchandise belonging to the owner may be sold. A single garage sale may extend a maximum of 3 consecutive days. Signs shall not be erected more than 1 day in advance of a proposed sale. Garage sale signs shall be promptly removed by sunset on the last day of the sale.

Garage sale signs may not be attached to any traffic or parking control device, tree, street light or utility pole, or placed so as to obstruct public sidewalks. Signs should be placed on a stake and placed into the ground. The signs may be no larger than 3 square feet in area and no taller than 4 feet in height.

Note: Signs posted illegally will be removed.

Where can I dispose of hazardous waste?


You may dispose of waste at the following locations:

  • 17121 Nichols Street
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • 6411 Oak Canyon
    Irvine, CA 92618

Additional Information

Orange County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at the Collection Centers for free. The Collection Centers are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3  p.m. The centers are closed on rainy days, Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and Independence Day.

What are the regulations on trash cans?

Trash containers may be placed curbside or in the gutter, not earlier than 24 hours before collection and must be removed within 24 hours after collection. All trash containers, both residential and commercial, must be shielded from view within a building or area enclosed by a wall not less than 6 feet in height.