Building & Safety

The Building & Safety Division provides plan checking, permit issuance, building inspection, and other building and construction related services. This Division is responsible for the development and enforcement of minimum standards for the safeguarding of life, health, property and public welfare through the regulation of the design, construction, quality of materials, and use of all buildings and structures within the City.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

-Counter Handouts/Guides
-Pre-con consultation
-Building Inspections
-Stop/Correct Work Notices
-Certificate of Occupancies
-Remittance and Reporting

Building Code

The City of La Palma has adopted the 2016 California Building Standards Codes, including the 2016 California Fire Code, all as amended locally. The City’s local amendments can be viewed within Ordinances 2016-08 (Building Code) and 2016-09 (Fire Code), which have been codified in the Municipal Code.

The Building & Safety Fee Schedule adopted by the La Palma City Council pursuant to Resolution 2018-24 lists all current Building & Safety fees for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.

Plan Check

The City of La Palma contracts for Building and Safety Services with Charles Abbott and Associates. Almost all improvement plans will require plan check prior to permit issuance. Three sets of plans and a plan check fee are required to initiate the plan check process. Some improvement plans may require Fire and/or Health review and approval. In this case, additional plans will need to be submitted directly to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and/or the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) with their respective plan check fees.

Building Handouts

Permit Application
Design Limitations
Burial Depths
School Fees Map
Construction Waste Management Plan (CWMP)

Residential Plan Submittal Requirements
Owner-Builders Form
Site Plan
Block Wall
Common Propertyline Wall Agreement
Attached Patio Cover
Detached Patio
Window/Door Replacement
Electrical Load Calculations
House Panel Change Out
Residential Electrical Requirements
Electric Vehicle Equipment
Smoke/Carbon Detector Form
OCFA Residential Fire Form
Pool Demo Form
Pool Barrier Form

OCFA Commercial Fire Form
Tenant Improvement Plan Submittal Requirement
Tenant Improvement (TI) Checklist
ADA Hardship Exception
Grease Interceptor Standard Detail
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Form