Building Safety Division

Public counter assistance and services will be handled by appointment  only: phone, email, and teleconferencing are also available.

Schedule Counter Appointment

Attention:  Friday, October 22, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cashier Counter Services will not be available.

Building Safety services will continue to be offered as outlined below:

Continuity of Operation Handout

 The online permitting system is designed as a fast and easy way to obtain simple residential permits such as reroof, water heater, furnace change-outs and service meter replacements. 

Please visit our website for the complete list of online permits

Online Permit System


Permits and Plan Check

Please visit the online permit system link above for simple residential permits

  • Plan check services are resuming on a limited basis and on-going for all currently submitted projects, including those being reviewed by third-party consultants.  Plan review correspondences will be delivered via email and telephone. 
  • Plan Drop-offs/Pickups are available at the plan drop-off area located at the City Hall Ross Annex lobby.  Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Re-Submittals for projects currently reviewed by third party consultants shall be dropped off directly to the respective consultant offices to avoid any delays.


Please refer to the Continuity of Operation Handout  for a detailed outline  process

Please call (714) 647-5800 for building related questions.



To Schedule Solar Permit Issuance appointment please call (714) 647 - 5800.

Click below for Solar Applications and guidelines.

Solar Plan Check and Permitting

Inspection Request

  • All exterior residential and all commercial inspections will be conducted following social distancing protocols in accordance with CDC and OC Health guidelines
  • Occupied interior residential inspections will be available on a limited case-by-case basis through a virtual inspection system with the discretion of the Building Safety Division.

NEW!!! REMOTE VIDEO INSPECTIONS are now available for interior occupancy areas.

Please refer to the Remote Video Inspection guidelines for more information.

Click below to schedule your inspections

Inspection Requests


Orange County Fire Authority OCFA

  • For Plans Drop-offs/Pickups - Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 - NOON & 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM,  OCFA will continue to have a “Drive Through Plans Pickup & Drop-off”, limited to those transactions  only. Applicants must submit their two (2) paper plans, a PDF and pay the appropriate fees.  This is located at 1 Fire Authority Road in Irvine (OCFA Headquarters) 
  • For New Construction Inspections – Customers who have Approved OCFA plans in their possession can schedule Inspections by calling (714)573-6150
  • For Tech Line Questions – Please leave your question and contact information at (714) 573-6108 the   call will be returned as soon as possible.
  • An OCFA Fire Analyst will be available at City Hall Tuesday – Thursday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am


Property Information

  • Plan Check Status
  • Permit History Search
  • For copies of permits documents, or any public records request click below.

Property Information


For additional information regarding COVID-19, click here.  A list of helpful numbers for the City services offered at City Hall can be found at City phone numbers.


Our Motto

Ensuring life-safety in the built environment

Mission Statement

Lake TowersTo promote and maintain life safety in the built environment in the City of Santa Ana through timely, ethical, collaborative and transparent processes to achieve compliance with all local and State building codes.

The Building Safety Division is responsible for issuing building, plumbing, heating/cooling, and electrical permits.  This also includes reviewing plans and conducting inspections for the work allowed under these permits.  It also maintains construction records for all buildings in the City.

News and Highlights

2019 California Building Codes will be effective January 1st, 2020.  Thank you!

California State Fire Marshal information Bulletin - Smoke Alarm Listing

Senate Bill 1186 - Certified Access Specialist Inspections

Senate Bill 969 - Garage Door Openers

Senate Bill 969 Fact Sheet - Garage Door Back up Batteries

AB3002 - Disability Access Requirements and Resources (Spanish) (Vietnamese)

Fireworks Information

Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements


Permits Counter

Plan Check


Permit Application/Forms

Information about Permits

Miscellaneous Fees



Plan Review Process

Plan Check Submittal Requirements

City Standard Plans, details and Handouts

California Energy Efficiency


Online Inspection Scheduling

Inspection Results and History

Certificate of Occupancy Inspections

When to call for Inspections

Inspection FAQ's