Building Services

Can I submit plan check or check for plan check status online?

Unfortunately, not at this time.

Do contractors need a business license?

Yes. All contractors doing business in the City need a business license, including general contractors and any sub-contractors working for them.

Visit our business license page for more information.

Does the City have copies of plans for my property?

The City has some plans on file. Authorization to duplicate is required from the architect/engineer of record.

How do I apply for a permit?

Permits are issued by the Building Division in City Hall. Permits cannot be applied for online or over the phone. For simple jobs, permits can often be obtained during the first visit; however, in most cases, more time will be needed for plan review prior to permit issuance.

For most projects, three sets of plans are required to obtain permits. For new residential projects, this form must also be filled out prior to submittal. For additions, this form is required.

How do I request an inspection?

For inspection, call (310) 318-0607 and leave a message including the permit number, address, and type of inspection requested.

Inspection requests can be made 24 hours in advance and will be scheduled by the Building Department for the following day, excluding weekends if requested before 3:00 p.m. the previous day.

The day of a scheduled inspection, inspectors can be reached between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at (310) 318-0636.

How long does it take to obtain a building permit?

After plans are submitted, it will take approximately two (2) to four (4) weeks. The plans will either be ready for issuance or require revisions.

Is over-the-counter plan review available?

All plans are reviews by our Plan Check Engineers who make every attempt to review your plans in a timely manner. Over-the-counter plan reviews are available for small projects which have been prepared with enough information to show conformance with the code(s) and other ordinances of this City.

Over-the-counter consultations are available from 7:30am - 11:30am every day we are open.

What are the construction hours?

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturdays 9-5 p.m., not on Sundays or any Federal Holidays.

What is the cost of a Building Permit?

Permit and plan review fees are based on the valuation of the project, as determined by type of construction, size of the project, and any permanent equipment.

Plan check and permit fees are calculated to recover the cost of all plan checking, inspection, and administrative services.

The master fee schedule can be found here. Please note that in addition to these fees, there may be other construction fees, planning fees, state fees, school district fees, or sanitation fees.

What types of permits can I apply for?

Separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits may be required even if exempted from a building permit.

  • Building Permit - Required to construct or modify a building or structure
  • Electrical Permit - Required to install or modify an electrical system
  • Mechanical Permit - Required to install or modify heating, ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning, and other related systems
  • Plumbing Permit - Required to install or modify a plumbing system

When are your counter hours?

The Building and Safety counter is open from 7:30am-4pm for permit issuance and plan check submittals.

When are your inspection hours?

Inspectors leave for the field at 8:30am. There are no AM or PM inspection requests taken. Inspections are performed Monday through Thursday and alternating Fridays that the City is open. Please check the calendar to verify our open Fridays.

When is a permit needed?

Most major projects will require a permit of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which will protect its occupants and neighbors not only in everyday living, but also in case of emergencies and natural disasters.

However, some minor alterations are allowed without obtaining permits (California Building Code 105.2). The most common exceptions are:

  • Erection of block wall fences less than five feet high
    Wood fences not over 6 feet high
  • Construction of decks and platforms less than thirty inches high, open walkways, and driveways
  • Installation of ceramic tile on floors and countertops, and on walls not more than 48 inches high
  • Construction of pools not over two feet in depth, without electrical or plumbing fixtures
  • Construction of cases, counters and partitions less than five feet high
  • Painting, papering and similar finish work
  • 1-story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 sq. ft.

Where can I download permit and other applications?

You can find our forms, applications reports and handouts here.