You will need a building permit from the Building Safety Division any time a building or structure is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished. We recommend that you call us at 310-524-2380 to verify permit requirements.
Will I need additional permits?
It depends on the job you are doing. Separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits may be required even if exempted from a building permit. Sign permits and grading permits may also be required for certain projects and zoning approval may also be required.
Do I need to submit drawings to get a permit?
Yes. In most cases you will need to submit drawings of your project. If you’re not sure if your project requires you to submit drawings, please email us or call 310-524-2380 for information.
Drawings are usually required for:
Complex projects where more information is needed
How do I get my plans checked?
The Building and Safety Department offers three options for a plan check:
Six to Eight Weeks Regular Plan Check: For larger projects and plans requiring more time
Four to Six Weeks Accelerated Plan Check: Available for an additional hourly fee
Can I have plans reviewed over the counter?
Yes. Counter Plan Checks for minor projects can be done on a walk-in basis. Certified Plan Examiners will review your review plans for compliance with City codes and ordinances. Building and Safety Staff are available at City Hall on a walk-in basis from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Can I submit plans for a plan check prior to receiving other City approvals (AUP, CUP, Precise Plan, etc.)?
You may submit plans for a plan check. However, construction plans cannot be approved if certain other required approvals are not obtained first. Applicants who wish to submit plans before they receive other required approvals will be required to state in a letter they clearly understand these terms.
How do I expedite a plan check?
Plan checks can usually be expedited for review by the City's Plan Check Consultant for an additional fee. Normal plan check fees also apply. Check with us for details by calling 310-524-2380.
Do field changes (modifications to approved plans) need to be approved?
Yes. Any changes to the approved set of plans must be submitted and approved by the appropriate Department(s) and/or other Agencies before construction changes are implemented. You must adhere to the approved plan.
Some cities allow work without a permit until the first inspection is required. Does El Segundo allow this?
No. Permits are required before any work can be done. Information can be found here.
How can I get a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)?
Certificates of Occupancy cannot be issued until all permits have received final inspection approval and all City Departments have signed off on their areas of responsibility. Complete a Certificate of Occupancy here.
How can I request an inspection?
Please call our 24-hour inspection line at 310-524-2379 or request online at least one working day prior to the desired inspection date. We do not do same-day inspections. If you need to cancel an inspection, please call Building and Safety staff at 310-524-2380 to confirm your cancellation.
What are the construction hours in El Segundo?
Based on construction noise regulations, all interior or exterior construction or demolition must be performed within permitted hours:
Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
No work is permitted on Sundays or national holidays.
In general, no one can work outside of these hours.
In some circumstances, exceptions may apply.
To report a non-allowable working hours noise compliant, please call the El Segundo Police Department at 310-524-2200.
What types of plan reviews does the Building and Safety Department offer?
We’ll review plans for any of the projects listed below. (Please contact the Building Safety Division at 310-524-2380 if you have questions.)
Yes. However there are limited slots available. Inspections are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The cutoff to request an inspection is 11:59 p.m. the night before your requested inspection.
Can I have plans reviewed over the counter by the Fire Department?
Yes. The Fire Marshal provides us with a schedule on a month-to month basis with the dates they will be in the office. They are scheduled to be at the Planning and Building Safety Department from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Please contact James Carver, Fire Marshal at 310-524- 2239 to obtain the Fire Department monthly schedule, as it is subject to change.
Do I need an appointment to speak to a Plan Check Engineer?
Typically, appointments are not necessary. Please visit the Building Safety Counter to speak with a Plan Check Engineer. Should your project be more involved than an over-the- counter consultation, they may advise you to schedule a meeting.
How can I confirm if my inspection request made it to the schedule?
Inspectors are in the field performing inspections for a majority of the day and are only present in the office for a short window of time each day. To meet in person, please visit City Hall between 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. If you need to speak with them before or after an inspection, please call the Building Safety Division at 310-524-2380, where your message will be transferred. If it is an urgent request, please contact Building Safety and staff will get in touch with the inspectors.
In one visit, how many different plans/projects can I submit at once?
We do not have a limit. However, we respectfully request that you email us to schedule an appointment and submit your applications so that we may plan accordingly.
Is there an additional charge for a field change?
Yes. A field change begins at $175 per hour. Additional processing fees may apply.
What do I need to bring with me to re-submit plans?
Always bring your old set of plans alongside your new plans to resubmit. You will also need to bring back any forms, correction sheets, or notes that were given in the previous corrections.
What is the turnaround time for an "accelerated" plan check submittal versus a "regular" plan check submittal?
An "accelerated" plan check submittal has a turnaround time of 20 business days for the first submittal. All subsequent plan check submittals have a turnaround time of 15 business days.
A "regular" plan check has a turnaround time of 30 business days for the first submittal. All subsequent plan check submittals have a turnaround time of 25 business days.
Where can I check my plan check status?
You may view your plan check status at any time using our online portal. If a field is blank, it has not been updated by that department, and is still under review.
Will I receive a confirmation email or call for my inspection request?
No, you will not receive an email or a call to confirm the inspection request. Staff will only contact you should they need to re-schedule the inspection request.
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