Building Division
Main: (714) 536-5241
Fax: (714) 374-1647
Walk-in Hours:
Monday–Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA

*Email [email protected] for requests outside of walk-in hours

Inspection Bulletins

OCFCA Photovoltaic Solar Panel Guidelines

posted on February 2, 2011

Please see the attached link for information on the Orange County Fire Chief's Association guidelines for photovoltaic solar panels. These guidelines pertain to the installation of photovoltaic solar panels on residential and commercial properties. OCFCA Photovoltaic Guidelines

New 2008 California Energy Efficiency Standards - Effective January 1, 2010

posted on February 1, 2010


The new 2008 Standards supersede the 2005 Standards. Projects that apply for a building permit on or after this date must comply with the 2008 Standards.

Please see our California Energy Standards page for additional information

PEX Tubing

posted on July 30, 2009

Attention homeowners and contractors:

Beginning August 1, 2009 the City of Huntington Beach, following state guidelines, will allow the use of cross linked polyethylene (PEX) tubing for hot and cold potable (drinkable) water distribution in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies.

The PEX tubing must be installed according to the individual manufacturers’ installation standards.

The state of California has two amendments to the installation of PEX tubing and they are as follows:

1. When PEX tubing is placed in soil and is used in a potable water system, the tubing shall be sleeved with a material approved for potable water use in soil, (ex. PVC, CPVC) or an equivalent material that is impermeable to solvents or petroleum products.

2. PEX tubing, when used in a continuously re-circulating (24hours, 7day) chlorinated hot water system, shall meet the requirements of and be labeled with NSF P171 CL-R and ASTM F876-08 or equivalent.


Customer Survey Cards

posted on April 14th, 2008

The Building and Safety Department is looking for feedback from its customers. As a result, you may notice that the inspector has left a customer survey card for you to fill out. Please take the time to rate the service you received from the inspector and/or counter staff. Please drop the survey card in the mail. Postage is pre-paid. In addition, some customers may be randomly selected to receive the survey cards through the mail. The information we receive will be used to make improvements to better serve our customers.

Installation Instructions

posted on April 14th, 2008

Please have the installation instruction booklet available for your inspector during inspections. These booklets often come packaged with water heaters, fireplaces, pool heaters, HVAC equipment, etc. For further information, please call the Building Division at (714)536-5241 and press "0".

Smoke Detectors

posted on April 14th, 2008

Smoke DetectorSmoke detectors shall be required to be installed in all dwelling units per the 2007 California Building Code. Battery powered smoke detectors are acceptable in retrofit applications.

Upon final inspection, please make arrangements for access into all bedrooms so that the inspector can verify that smoke detectors have been installed and are functioning in all bedrooms. Smoke detectors shall also be located in hallways serving bedrooms, and at least one smoke detector shall be installed on each floor level. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specific installation requirements.


Cool Roof Requirements

posted on April 8th, 2008

Pursuant to the State of California Conservation of Energy Act, when re-roofing certain types of structures, the new roofing shall include the use of an approved "COOL ROOF" material that complies with Title 24 standards. Please see the links below for more information:

Cool Roof

Cool Roof Questions & Answers

Cool Roof Updates

Window Replacements

posted on March 31, 2008

Windows in residential structures may be replaced without obtaining a building permit provided the replacement complies with all of the following:

1. The window, when replaced, complies with the light, ventilation, and emergency egress requirements in effect at the time the structure was built.

*Note: Retrofit windows that are installed inside of existing window frames reduce the size of the opening and can potentially result in substandard openings for ventilation or emergency egress purposes.

2. The window replacement does not require structural modifications.


3. The window replacement does not require removal of the frame, jamb or any disruption to the flashing or weatherproofing around the window.


Stainless Steel Ground Rods

posted on March 31, 2008

Listed stainless steel ground rods are required in Huntington beach due to corrosive soil conditions. HBMC 17.48.040

When electrical services are upgraded, the grounding electrode system must also be upgraded. If there is no concrete encased electrode (ufer) available, a listed stainless steel ground shall be driven eight feet into the soil as close as practicable to the service location. The interior water piping system shall be bonded to the new service equipment.

Stainless Steel Picture

When the water service pipe in the yard is replaced, a listed stainless ground rod shall be driven eight fee into the soil at any convenient location. The ground rod shall be connected to the service equipment and to the interior metallic water piping system.

The size of the grounding electrode conductor shall be in accordance with Article

250.66 of the 2007 California Electric Code.

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation.  However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs!  Read more about the FireMed Program.

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