New Commercial Building

Determine Zoning


Before developing a parcel of land, you will need to determine if the parcel is zoned for your desired use or if there are any special development considerations for your project.

Planning Division Review


The Planning Division will be able to tell you the zoning of the property or if there are any special considerations for your project.
  • If there are no special considerations, you can proceed as directed by our staff, generally moving on to the next step.
  • If your project requires special handling, our staff will inform you of the requirements and the next steps.

Building Plan Review


After the Planning review process has been completed and Conditions of Approval have been issued for the project, building plans can be submitted for review.
  • Building plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets minimum life safety requirements.
  • Depending upon the type of project, and the complexity of construction, our staff will examine your plans for conformance to these requirements.

Development Permits & Paying Fees


  • You will be required to pay Plan Check Fees at this time. Staff will inform you of the amount at the time you submit your building plans. Visit our Development Fees page for more information on fees.
  • The Permit Process ensures that you comply with the codes, which have been adopted by the City Council and incorporated in the City of Temecula Ordinances.
  • Once your application and detailed plans are submitted and pre-plan check fees are paid, the Building and Safety Department will review your application. You will be notified if any modifications are required.
  • At this point, you will need to pay any necessary fees. Once fees are paid, department approvals and clearances have been met, your building permits will be issued.

Building Inspections


Before covering up or building over any permitted work, you will need to call and request an inspection. Inspections are required to ensure that all work was completed correctly, based on building and safety codes currently in effect.

Project Completion


After your final inspection, and Release of Occupancy packet is signed off by all departments and turned in to Building and Safety your project will be considered complete.