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Building & Safety Division
Building Official: David Rasor
The Building and Safety Division's focus is on building construction safety through the implementation and enforcement of construction standards and codes. The Building and Safety division functions include checking plans for compliance with all of the applicable codes, issuing building permits, and conducting inspections of the construction projects as they progress to ensure that the code standards are met and that the project is constructed in accordance with the approved plans. In addition, the division coordinates with the city's geological consultants on the review of geology and soils reports for new construction projects.
WHEN IS A BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED?
- New buildings
- Additions to buildings
- Tenant Improvements
- Accessory Dwelling Unit conversions
- Miscellaneous items (decks, patios, fences over 6’, fireplaces, pools, retaining walls, re-roof/drywall repair more than 100sqft .)
- Remodels and renovations (changes in occupancy or use, garage conversions, kitchen remodels, stucco, window(s) and door(s) changeouts, etc.)
- New, expanded, or replaced electrical items
- New, expanded, or replaced mechanical items
- New, expanded, or replaced plumbing items
- Grading work
*For additional helpful information view items exempt from permits according to LA County Work Exempt from Permits .
Be sure to verify with the Building Official David Rasor before beginning any work you feel may be exempt.
Reporting Code Violations
Construction violations or concerns should be reported to the owner, contractor, and/or the Rancho Palos Verdes Code Enforcement Division at 310-544-5281. If the violation occurs after hours or on a weekend / holiday, please call the Sheriffs' Department at 310-539-1661.
Pursuant to Section 17.56.020(B) of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, it is unlawful to carry on construction, grading, or landscaping activities, or to operate heavy equipment except between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on Saturday. No such activity shall be permitted on Sundays, or the legal holidays (within the city’s permitted construction hours), unless a Special Construction Permit is approved by the Community Development Director. Click here to download the Special Construction Permit application. For additional information, please contact the Community Development Department at (310) 544-5228 or email@example.com
State Construction Codes
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes adopts State construction codes, which are implemented by the Building Safety Division. Title 15 of the city’s Municipal Code contains the Building and Construction standards, and incorporates some specific amendments to the state codes as adopted by the city.
New Building Code in Effect January 1, 2023
The 2022 California Building Standards Code was adopted by the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council on November 1, 2022. The code and local ordinances will become effective on January 1, 2023. All construction and development projects submitted to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes on or after this date will be required to comply with the new code requirements. 👉🏽 Click here for more information.
Questions or Comments:
Tel: (310) 544-5280
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Tel: (310) 544-5279
30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Monday - Thursday
7:30am - 5:30pm
(closed noon to 1pm)
7:30am - 4:30pm
(closed noon to 1pm)
Saturday - Sunday
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 8:30am
4pm - Closing
Allowable Construction Hours
Monday - Friday
7am - 6pm
9am - 5pm
Sunday or Legal Holidays
No work allowed, unless a Special Construction Permit is obtained from the director. Said permit must be requested at least 48 hours before work.