May is Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month takes place each May to raise awareness about building safety. This campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The International Code Council and the City of Signal Hill support and celebrate Building Safety Month to demonstrate the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.
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.
Each week of Building Safety Month has a theme.
- Week 1, May 1 - 9: Energy & Innovation
- Week 2, May 10 -16: Training the Next Generation
- Week 3, May 17 - 23: Water Safety
- Week 4, May 24 - 31: Disaster Preparedness
Come back to this page or check out our Facebook page for more information on Building Safety Month!
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.
- Building Permit Required (PDF)
- Building Permit Application (PDF)
- Saturday Work Permit Application (PDF)
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.
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.