Building Safety

City Hall Closed to the Public

Due to COVID-19, and to ensure the health and safety of the public and our personnel, City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Currently, there are no public counter hours for Planning or Building and Safety. We are available by phone or e-mail during regular business hours, please see our contact information to the right.

May is National Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety. All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society’s best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues.

The International Code Council offers several ways to celebrate National Building Safety Month remotely.

  • This National Building Safety brochure (PDF) from ICC explains the importance of building codes.
  • Kids can learn about building safety from home. Check out the Kids’ Corner for fun and educational materials like activity books, coloring books and fun exercises.
  • Learn about Water Safety from the ICC. Building and code safety protocols ensure residents have access to safe, clean water.

Responsibilities

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, and issuing permits.

Permit Issuance & Plan Check Submittal Hours

Permits are issued and plan checks must currently be submitted by appointment. Please call or e-mail for more information.

Project Development

An overview of the development process in Signal Hill can be found in our Project Development Guide (PDF). 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 (PDF). 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. By law, it is your responsibility to contact DigAlert before beginning work. Visit the DigAlert website 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 (PDF) (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 (PDF).

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 $535
5-10 units $669
10 units + $1,339

For additional information, please refer to SHMC Section 8.40.020.