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)

Building Division

The Community Development Department, including plan check and permit submittal via email, the e-portal, and City Hall drop-off bins, will be closed for the holidays starting Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021. We will resume online submittal and drop off services starting Monday, January 4, 2021.  For the best possible service, please consider submitting your plans and permits at least 10 days prior to the holiday closure or on January 4, 2021 when we resume service. 


Payments will not be processed during the holiday closure. To avoid payment posting delays, please wait until January 4, 2021 to make any payments you did not make before the holiday closure.


Inspections services will be provided on a very limited availability during the holiday closure. Inspection requests will not be accepted during the holiday closure and must be scheduled prior to December 24th. Please plan accordingly and submit any inspection requests in advance.


To ensure the continued health and well-being of our customers and our employees, City Hall is closed to the public effective Monday, July 20th and until further notice. City staff will be available via telephone at (714) 536-5271 and email at [email protected].  Community Development services will continue to be offered remotely.  We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we strive to deliver great service while protecting the health of our customers, our staff, and the general public.  Although we will work to be as responsive as possible during this transition, please allow additional time for plan review, permit issuance and other Community Development Services.


For electronic submittal of permits and plans, please see instructions below.  For fastest processing, please read the submittal instructions to ensure you have included all documents required for your application type.  Our current application review times are listed below in red.  These are approximate turnaround times to review applications only, and do not include plan review and permit issuance processing.  Please direct all status inquiries to [email protected].

Residential Express Permit Instructions

For over the counter residential permits that do not require plans, please email your documents to [email protected]  Please allow 1-3 business days for processing time.  

Residential permits that are eligible for express include;

  • Reroofs, Stucco, and Siding Replacement
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Alterations
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels without floor plan or structural changes
In order to expedite permit issuance, please include the following documents in your email;


Certificate of Occupancy Instructions

To apply for a Certificate of Occupancy, please fill out Certificate of Occupancy Application and submit through our Eprocess Portal.  Please allow 3-5 business days for processing time. 


Paper Submittal Process

Please follow instructions below for Paper Submittal and Process Instructions;


Schedule an Inspection

To request an inspection, please click here.

In order to serve you better, please submit your inspection request before 2:30pm for following business day inspection (depending on the availability of staff).  All inspections requested after 2:30pm will be scheduled for the next available business day.


To find out about the City’s response to the novel coronavirus, please visit the City’s dedicated website regarding COVID-19 for the most updated information:




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Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Electronic Plan Submission Portal

Click here for the Huntington Beach Plan Submission Portal

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