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Building and Safety

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City Hall Hours are Mondays through Thursdays 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Fridays 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Before you plan a trip to City Hall, check out our Permitting Center Schedule to know when staff and services are available.

Online Payment Service Now Available!

Two Ways to Pay:

  1. Have your invoice number available, click the CSS button below and select the "Pay Invoice" tile or "Pay Invoice" option on the menu bar (no log-in required) or;
  2. Click the CSS button below, log into your account, select the permit you want to pay and click the Add to Cart option 
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 Permits, Forms and Handouts        Appointment with a Permit Technician    

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Inspection Information      

Waste Management Plan Information


 Current Building Code Information

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What Requires a Permit?

Any construction improvement, repair, remodel, alteration, construction, or demolition projects including, patio covers, decks, pool or spa installations, sandblasting, most excavation and the erection of temporary. structures such as temporary power poles. Permits are also required for re-roofing, window retrofit projects, and improvements to plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems. When proposed work includes construction or alteration of the sidewalk, alley or public street, permits can also be required from the Traffic Engineering Division and/or Public Works Department.

Refer to our current Permits, Forms and Handouts section for additional information, including what is required for permit and plan submittals.

How Long Are Plan Checks and Permits Valid?

Plan Checks, for which no permit is issued within 180 days following the date of application, shall expire by limitation and plans and other data submitted for review may thereafter be returned to the applicant or destroyed. The Building Official may extend the time for action by applicant for periods not exceeding 180 days upon written request by the applicant and justifiable cause demonstrated. No application shall be extended more than two years from original submittal date.

To read the entire section, please refer to our Municipal Code section 9.01.040.

Permits issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of180 days after the work is commenced, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is not completed within 2 calendar years from the issuance date of the permit without the issuance of a permit renewal or extension.

To read the entire section, please refer to our Municipal Code section 9.01.050.

Related Links and Contacts:

  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • ICC Los Angeles Basin Chapter
  • California Contractors State License Board
  • International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
  • National Fire Protection Association and National Electrical Code
  • California Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA)- regarding excavation, fall protection, free consultations, model injury & illness prevention plans