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Building & Safety Division

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The Building and Safety Division conducts building plan checks and building inspections and enforces the building codes. 


Bob Rollins, Building & Code Enforcement Official, (310) 318-0235

Hours and Inspections:


 Building inspections are conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  Schedule inspections via 24-hour request line, one day prior to inspection at (310) 318-0218.  Building inspector availability is 7:00 am to 9:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Email questions to the assigned inspector: Frank Valles at or Jim Heenan at

Construction Hours:
Residents, businesses and visitors to our city value a calm, peaceful environment, so we have created times when construction is allowed: 

  • Monday through Friday, construction must wait to start until after 8:00 a.m. and end before 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, construction must wait to start until after 9:00 a.m. and end before 5:00 p.m.
  • We do not allow construction on Sunday or national holidays

Building and Planning Permit Applications, Forms and Handouts:  
Click here for all applications, forms and handouts.

Building Codes:
The City is in the process of adopting the 2019 California Building Codes. The links below will be updated in early 2020.

Current Codes Effective 2017

Significant Changes to The California Residential Code 2016
Significant Changes to The California Building Code 2016
Senate Bill No. 407

Green Building Incentives:

The City is in the process of updating the  'Green' Building, Energy and Vehicle Incentives based on the 2019 California Building Codes. New forms will be available in early 2020.

Report of Residential Building Record ('RBR'):

At the time of entering into an agreement of sale or exchange of any residential building, the owner or  authorized representative shall obtain from the city a report of the residential building record showing the regularly authorized use, occupancy and zoning classification. The report may take up to 4 weeks to process and is valid for 6 months.  See Municipal Code Chapter 15.44. It is mandatory for Real Estate Brokers to have a business license with the City of Hermosa Beach.

Building Near the Beach:
Building along the coastline requires care and sensitivity. Good planning and design before starting construction helps protect marine life and ensures that residents, vacationers and other visitors can still access the beach and safe, clean coastal recreation areas.

High Ground Water Table Can Cause Basement Flooding:
The City requires developers to submit a geotechnical report before starting construction. This is especially important for sites located west of Hermosa Avenue. In this area the groundwater table ranges from six to 15 feet below ground and there are several subterranean streams running from inland groundwater sources to the Pacific Ocean.  Digging a basement in the coastal zone can breach the ground water table, causing basement flooding.  Water pumps can be used but the risk of salt water contaminating fresh ground water remains.  For more information, please contact the City’s Public Works Department (310) 318-0222 and the City’s Building Department (310) 318-0235. 

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