Building & Safety

COVID-19 Notice

The safety and health of our community is important to us.  As such, we are taking the concerns associated with novel coronavirus (Covid-19) seriously and are closely monitoring this fluid situation.  For more details on COVID-19, you can visit the Merced County’s Public Health Website on COVID-19.


The Building and Safety Division is responsible for the issuance of building permits and inspection of all construction within the unincorporated areas of Merced County.

Building and Safety Division Moved To Electronic Permit Submittals Jan. 4, 2016

In an effort to streamline services and reduce waste, the Building and Safety Division of the Merced County Department of Public Works shifted to electronic permit submittals starting January 4, 2016.

Electronic Permit Submittal Press Release

Electronic Plan and Revised Plan Submittals

The Merced County Building and Safety Division is accepting application submittals and corrections electronically. You may submit applications and corrections to the following email address:

[email protected]

In the subject line of the email, please indicate the address of the site for a new Building Permit. If you are submitting corrections to a previously reviewed set of plans, please reference the Building Permit Number. Please see the link below for electronic submittals and acceptable formats.

Electronic Submittal Information/Format


Online Permits
Permit Application