Building & Safety Division

Building Official: David Rasor

Division Focus

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.


  • 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

Fee Schedules

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.

Contact Us

  1. Questions or Comments:

    Tel: (310) 544-5280

    Building Official

    David Rasor

    Tel: (310)-544-5239

    Submit For Review



    Inspection Request


    Tel: (310) 544-5279

    Office Location

    30940 Hawthorne Boulevard

    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

    Office Hours

    Monday - Thursday         

    7:30am - 5:30pm    

    (closed noon to 1pm)



    7:30am - 4:30pm

    (closed noon to 1pm)

    Saturday - Sunday


    Technical Inquiries

    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.

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