FAQs

Building Services
Does the City have copies of plans for my property?
The City has some plans on file. Authorization to duplicate is required from the architect/engineer of record.
How do I request an inspection?

For inspection, call (310) 318-0607 and leave a message including the permit number, address, type of inspection requested and call back number for the field contact.

Inspection requests can be made 24 hours in advance and will be scheduled by the Building Department for the following day, excluding weekends, flex Fridays and holidays if requested before 3:00 p.m. the previous day.

The day of a scheduled inspection, inspectors can be reached between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at (310) 318-0636.

Do contractors need a business license?
Yes. All contractors doing business in the City need a business license, including general contractors and any sub-contractors working for them.

Visit our business license page for more information.
Where can I download permit and other applications?
You can find our forms, applications reports and handouts here.
What is the cost of a Building Permit?
Permit and plan review fees are based on the valuation of the project, as determined by type of construction, size of the project, and any permanent equipment.

Plan check and permit fees are calculated to recover the cost of all plan checking, inspection, and administrative services.

The master fee schedule can be found here. Please note that in addition to these fees, there may be other construction fees, planning fees, state fees, school district fees, or sanitation fees.
When are your inspection hours?
Inspectors leave for the field at 8:30am. There are no AM or PM inspection requests taken. Inspections are performed Monday through Thursday and alternating Fridays that the City is open. Please check the calendar to verify our open Fridays.
How do I apply for a permit?
OVER-THE-COUNTER PERMIT ISSUANCE:

A HYBRID over-the-counter (OTC) permit process is in place and consists of Reroof, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical.

* The process remains electronic requiring a hybrid submittal of all applications, plans, and documents being provided on a single USB by the applicant, ready for download by permit staff.

Required permit forms: Permit Application and Permit Declaration shall be completed in full and ready for processing at the counter via USB submittal.

Link to forms provided below:
Permit application LINK
Permit declaration LINK

Permit processing and plan check submittals are processed during the following hours:
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
* COUNTER IS CLOSED FROM 11:30- 1:00 PM, and 3:00 - 5:30 PM for permit processing.

A sign-in sheet is provided at the Building & Safety counter to facilitate assistance in the order of arrival. 

PLAN REVIEW SUBMITTAL:

  Submit your proposed project to PlanningRedondo@redondo.org to obtain Planning and Zoning approval to confirm the project’s viability.  Planning shall stamp the plan "Reviewed for Submittal/Ok to Submit".

NOTE: Plans that are to be submitted to Building & Safety are required to have the Planning Stamp.  Obtaining Planning's Stamp for submittal is the First Step towards the plan review submittal process.
2. Prepare your Residential Submittal package, according to the following:
              - Residential Plan Review Submittal Guidelines  LINK 
              - Residential Checklist  LINK
3. Prepare your Commercial Submittal package according to the following:
              - Commercial Plan Review Submittal Guidelines LINK
4. Upon obtaining Planning's Reviewed for Submittal/ Ok to Submit Stamp, a complete Submittal Package shall be submitted on a "USB" in person to the Building & Safety Department. It shall include applicable items identified in the Guidelines and Checklist with the specific naming convention:
              - Completed permit application, signed and dated "APPLICATION".
              - Complete Plan Set of Plans (Requires Planning Stamp) "PC1_PLANS".
              - Structural Calculations (if applicable) "PC1_STRUC_CALCS".
              - Registered and Signed Energy Calculations (if applicable) "PC1_ENERGY".
              - Soils Report (if applicable) "PC1_SOILS".
When are your counter hours?
BUILDING & SAFETY COUNTER HOURS:

Permit processing and plan check submittals are processed during the following hours:
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
* COUNTER IS CLOSED FROM 11:30- 1:00 PM, and 3:00 - 5:30 PM for permit processing.

Multiple kiosks are provided at the Building & Safety lobby area to allow each visitor to sign in and facilitate assistance in the order of arrival. 
Can I submit plan check or check for plan check status online?
Unfortunately, not at this time. To submit for plan review, follow the steps below:

1.Submit your proposed project to PlanningRedondo@redondo.org to obtain Planning and Zoning approval to confirm the project viability.  Planning shall stamp the plan "Reviewed for Submittal/Ok to Submit".
NOTE: Plans that are to be submitted to Building & Safety are required to have the Planning Stamp.  Obtaining Planning's Stamp for submittal is the First Step towards the plan review submittal process.
2. Prepare your Residential Submittal package, according to the following:
              - Residential Plan Review Submittal Guidelines  LINK 
              - Residential Checklist  LINK
3. Prepare your Commercial Submittal package according to the following:
              - Commercial Plan Review Submittal Guidelines LINK
4. Upon obtaining Planning's Reviewed for Submittal/ Ok to Submit Stamp, a complete Submittal Package shall be submitted on a "USB" in-person to the Building & Safety Department. It shall include applicable items identified in the Guidelines and Checklist with the specific naming convention:
              - Completed permit application, signed and dated "APPLICATION".
              - Complete Plan Set of Plans (Requires Planning Stamp) "PC1_PLANS".
              - Structural Calculations (if applicable) "PC1_STRUC_CALCS".
              - Registered and Signed Energy Calculations (if applicable) "PC1_ENERGY".
              - Soils Report (if applicable) "PC1_SOILS".

Permit processing and plan check submittals are processed during the following hours:

7:30 AM - 11:30 am and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A sign-in sheet is provided at the Building & Safety counter to facilitate assistance in the order of arrival. 

Early arrival is recommended. The counter will close promptly at the times listed above.

For any questions regarding the submittal process or plan check status contact the Building Division at 310-318-0636.
Is over-the-counter plan review available?
All plans are reviewed by the city Plan Check Engineers. Over-the-counter plan reviews are available for small projects which have been prepared with enough information to show conformance with the code(s) and other ordinances of this City.

PLAN CHECK ENGINEERS are available by Appointment Only:

To schedule an appointment, contact the plans examiners directly.

Steve Shiang, Senior Plans Check Engineer       steve.shiang@redondo.org    310-697-3167
Jooyon Baik, Plan Check Engineer                          jooyon.baik@redondo.org     310-697-3187
What are the construction hours?

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays 9-5 p.m.

No construction activity shall be permitted on Sundays, or the days on which the holidays designated as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day are observed.

Reference: RBMC Section 9-1.12

How long does it take to obtain a building permit?

Upon the submittal of a complete set of plans and documents, dependent on the scope of work:
The first review (PC1) up to 8 weeks.
The second review (PC2) is up to 3 weeks.

In some cases, an expedited review may be optional with an additional fee, reducing:
The first review (PC1) is up to 4 weeks.
The second review (PC2) up to 2 weeks.

Note: Expedited review only applies to the Building review and does not include Planning, Engineering, Fire, or other required departmental reviews.

Solar permits are issued over the counter between 7:30- 10:00 AM.

Can I advertise and rent my short-term rental?

Single Family Homes are intended as private residences. Short Term Stays (Transient Use) are defined as renting/leasing a home for a period of less than 30 days.

Multi-Family Buildings (Apartments) are intended to be rented/leased for a period of not less than 30 days. Short Term Stays (Transient Use) of less than 30 days are prohibited.

Please visit our Business License page for more information : Business License Department

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