Building Division
Main: (714) 536-5241
Fax: (714) 374-1647
Walk-in Hours:
Monday–Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA

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Inspection Guide


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When are Inspections Required?

All construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the building official and all such construction or work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until approved by the building official.  In addition, certain types of construction shall have inspections by deputy building inspectors, as specified by the California Building Code in Section 1704.

Approval as a result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provision of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction.  Inspection presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provision of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction shall not be valid.

It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes.  Neither the building official nor the jurisdiction shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material required to allow inspection.

What Does the Inspector Do?construction

The city inspector checks the work that is being done for compliance with the approved plans and applicable codes and ordinances. The inspector will check each phase of the job and shall approve it before the next part of the job begins. The inspection job card given to you will list the inspections required for your project, although additional inspections may be necessary when noted or the city inspector adds them to your inspection card.  The inspector signs and dates the inspection job card for each inspection approved and will provide you with a list of corrections for work not approved. The list of corrections will include a brief explanation (i.e. deviation from the approved plans).

How Do I Request An Inspection?

You may request an inspection directly through HB ACA (Accela Citizen Access) - please ensure you create an account and are logged in to make your request.

What Types Of Inspection Are Required?

If a grading permit is required for your project, inspections and clearance of the initial grading work by Public Works inspectors will precede any building construction inspections.

The following construction inspections may be required:

Final Inspection

Call for final inspection when the construction has been completed. All external surfaces must be painted, or otherwise sealed, weather-stripping must be installed on all new windows and doors, and all electrical or plumbing fixtures have been installed. Interior painting, wallpapering, or carpeting need not be complete. Smoke detectors must be installed in all bedrooms, located at the top of a staircase and in the hallway/corridor leading to the bedrooms.

Certificate of Occupancy:
Residential projects will not receive a C of O as your signed job card is your proof of final inspection/approval.

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