H.B. Building Division
Main: (714) 536-5241
Fax: (714) 374-1647
Walk-in Hours:
Monday–Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Closed 12:00 N to 1:00 pm daily)

Inspection Guide

When are Inspections Required?

All construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official.  In addition, certain types of construction shall have inspections by deputy building inspectors, as specified by the California Building Code in Section 1704.

Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provision of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction.  Inspection presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provision of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction shall not be valid.

It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes.  Neither the building official nor the jurisdiction shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material required to allow inspection.

What Does the Inspector Do?

The city inspector checks the work that is being done for compliance with the approved plans and applicable codes and ordinances. The inspector will check each phase of the job and shall approve it before the next part of the job begins. The inspection job card given to you will list the inspections required for your project, although additional inspections may be necessary when noted or the city inspector adds them to your inspection card.  The inspector signs and dates the inspection job card for each inspection approved and will provide you with a list of corrections for work not approved. The list of corrections will include a brief explanation (i.e. deviation from the approved plans).

How Do I Request An Inspection?

You may contact the Building Division Automated Inspection Line for our next available day of inspection (our inspectors perform inspections Monday through Friday).  The telephone number to call for an inspection request is shown on the construction permit and inspection job card

Building Division (714) 536-5241
Public Works      (714) 536-5431
Fire Department      (714) 536-5411
Gas Company    (800) 228-7377
So Cal Edison   (714) 895-0221

What Types Of Inspection Are Required?

If a grading permit is required for your project, inspections and clearance of the initial grading work by Public Works inspectors will precede any building construction inspections.

The following construction inspections may be required:

Final Inspection

Call for final inspection when the construction has been completed. All external surfaces must be painted, or otherwise sealed, weather-stripping must be installed on all new windows and doors, and all electrical or plumbing fixtures have been installed. Interior painting, wallpapering, or carpeting need not be complete. Smoke detectors must be installed in all bedrooms, located at the top of a staircase and in the hallway/corridor leading to the bedrooms.

Certificate of Occupancy:
Residential projects will not receive a C of O as your signed job card is your proof of final inspection/approval.

Did you know?

Solar power is noise pollution free. It has no moving parts, and does not require any additional fuel, other than sunlight, to produce power.


Back to Top  up-arrow