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The Building & Safety program is an important tool for the orderly development and maintenance of properties within the City. In addition to the enforcement of local codes and ordinances, Building & Safety is also responsible for the enforcement of certain state and federal regulations when they become applicable to construction projects in the City. Building & Safety reviews development plans, issues permits and provides inspection for both private and public projects while also being responsible for the abatement of unsafe or unpermitted structures.

Under State Law, construction must comply with the California Building Standards Codes and the Building & Safety Division is responsible for implementing the City's Building Code. This includes regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings and structures. As part of its responsibility to ensure that buildings and structures are built to minimum standards to safeguard health, safety and welfare, the City requires that a building permit be obtained prior to the construction of many improvements to private property. Once a permit is obtained, City building inspectors visit the property as needed to ensure that the construction is occurring per approval.

Building permits are required to build, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building. Permits are also required for most plumbing and electrical improvements.

For further information on building permits or to see if your project needs a permit, visit the Community Development public counter any time between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday. Building inspectors are available by appointment Monday through Friday from approximately 3 PM to 4 PM. Call (562) 567-9320 to schedule an appointment.

To schedule an inspection request call (562) 567-9320 or go to the City's Online Permits and Inspections portal.

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Contacts

Name / Title Phone Email & ONLINE ACCESS
Inspection Requests (562) 567-9320

Request an Inspection Here

Jon Traw
Contract Building Official
(562) 567-9320 jtraw@cityofwhittier.org
Chris Diercks
Senior Building Inspector/Plan Checker
(562) 567-9320 cdiercks@cityofwhittier.org
Michelle Harencame
Senior Building Inspector/Plan Checker
(562) 567-9320 mharencame@cityofwhittier.org
Ray Gallardo
Building Inspector
(562) 567-9320 rgallardo@cityofwhittier.org

Byron Williams

Building Inspector

(562) 567-9320 bwilliams@cityofwhittier.org

Dave Gersh

Building Inspector

 (562) 567-9320

gersh@cityofwhittier.org

Cora Castillo
Permit Technician
(562) 567-9320 ccastillo@cityofwhittier.org
Michelle LaFarge
Permit Technician
(562) 567-9320 mlafarge@cityofwhittier.org