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Smooth development process. The Economic Development staff is your liaison to local, state and federal regulators and permitting authorities.

  • Site Plan Review: 14 days

  • Plan Check Comments: 14 days or less, guaranteed

  • Electronic Plan Check 

contact economic development staff at 209-385-6827

One-Stop Permit Center


The City's One-Stop Permit Center, incorporating Planning, Engineering and Inspection Services, is available to assist you with all development permits, including planning, zoning, environmental and others. Economic Development Staff will serve as your One-Stop Permit Center liaison to ensure a smooth process.


Planning and Zoning Permits


Shortened Permit Processes. Some large-scale projects such as Industrial and Commercial projects are subject to the Site Plan Review application process, depending on which Zoning District they are located in. The Site Plan Review application process is performed at the staff level. Complete applications can be processed by staff within 14 days. Please contact the Planning Division at 209-385-6858 or for more information.


Building Permit


Plan Check Comments in 2 Weeks or Less. The City guarantees plan check comments for building construction back in two (2) weeks, and it will be done even faster if possible. Building permit review can be processed concurrently with the Site Plan Review application.


Pre-Design and Construction Meeting. A critical component to the success of any projects requiring construction is a pre-design and construction meeting with the appropriate City staff and construction team. Participants share rules and regulations, ideas and concerns setting the foundation for an efficient and timely plan check and construction process.


Electronic Plan Check


Electronic plan checks are available for your convenience.


One-Stop Permitting

Office of Economic Development can assist your location project.

(800) 723-4788

Applications and Fees

Merced Building Division

(209) 385-4773

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