When Do I Need a Demolition Permit?

A permit is required to be issued by the Building and Safety Department, whenever a building is being demolished. This is to assure that construction debris has been removed, sewer or septic lines have been properly capped, and the site is restored to a safe condition to ensure that all health and safety hazards have been removed. Demolition permits are usually issued over-the- counter at the Building and Safety Division and the permit fees are minimal.

California State Law also requires that all contaminants, such as asbestos, lead, and soil contaminants, be properly disposed of. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that all demolition permit applicants first obtain clearance from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, prior to applying for a demolition permit from the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. This may include a requirement to have the property tested for lead, and/ or asbestos by a certified testing agency.

South Coast Air Quality Management District may be reached at 21865 Copley Dr. - Diamond Bar CA 91765, via telephone at (909) 396-2000, or the District’s website.

For further information, please contact the Building and Safety Division at (310) 544-5280 for additional information regarding demolition permits or stop by our counter at City Hall.

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35. Do field changes (modifications to approved plans) need to be approved?
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37. Can I live in my garage?
38. Can I perform work as owner/builder on my commercial property?
39. How do I check on the plan review status of my permit?
40. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
41. Can I be my own General Contractor or Owner/Builder?
42. Why are all contractors (the electrician, the plumber, the general contractor, etc.) required to be licensed in the City?
43. What is the maximum window U-factor and SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient)?
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48. How can i find out where my property line is located?
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50. How do I get a permit to have a dumpster on the street for my construction debris?
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