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Building Safety
Building Safety

2175 Cherry Ave.
Signal Hill, CA  90755

Ph: (562) 989-7348
Fx: (562) 989-7391

Counter Hours (Please note that the Building Department will be CLOSED on February 19.)
Mondays through Friday
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. &
Afternoons by Appointment Only
Inspection Hours
Monday through Friday
08:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The building safety program regulates the building construction process by: 
  • Conducting field inspections
  • Coordinating the plan check process by logging and reviewing plan submittals for compliance with local and state codes
  • Issuing certificates of occupancy
  • Issuing permits 


Permit Issuance & Plan Check Submittal Hours

Please note: The Building Department will be CLOSED on February 19th.

Permits are issued and plan checks are submitted during the following hours:

Mondays through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and by appointment only in the afternoon    

Inspection hours are:
Thursday 2/15: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 2/16: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday 2/20: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Wedneday 2/21:  8:00am - 11:00am
Thursday 2/22:  1:00pm - 3:00pm
Friday 2/23:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Project Development
An overview of the development process in Signal Hill can be found in our Project Development Guide. This document contains detailed information regarding the city's review process. It also provides contacts for outside agencies that may have oversight authority and highlights typical development constraints, such as oil wells and seismic hazards. Please also review the Fire Department Requirements. Applicants are responsible for submitting plans to the County of Los Angeles Fire Department for plan check approval.

DigAlert 811 - Southern California's free and easy solution for protecting underground utilities
Whether public, private or commercial property, the law is clear in that it is your responsibility to contact DigAlert before beginning work. Visit www.digalert.org for more information.

Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP)
All new commercial and residential developments need to do their part to help protect the quality of our rivers, wetlands and ocean. To help accomplish this, the State Regional Board requires the preparation of a Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP).

Water Meter Plan Check
To assure the correct sizing of water meters the City requires a water plan for new development projects. Projects must be sized in conformance with the California Plumbing Code. A plan showing the fixture count and estimated domestic, fire and irrigation systems demand may be required.

Duplication of Building Plans
For information regarding the duplication of building plans, please read on.

Residential inspections of properties for sale
Building inspections of properties for sale are required only for properties with 4 or more dwelling units which is over 10 years old from the date of completion of the original construction.

This does not include condominiums but does include apartment buildings or parcels with 4 or more residential units. Inspection costs are

     4 units    $170
5-10 units    $300
10 units +    $565

For additional information, please refer to SHMC Section 8.40.020.

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