Building & Safety Division

CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE **UPDATE**

Permits for all projects approved under the current 2019 CBSC must be issued before Wednesday, December 21, 2022, or prior to the expiration of the plan review date.  

Proposed plans in compliance with the 2019 CBSC for specific buildings or structures consisting of commercial, industrial, multi-family, and custom single-family dwellings (or additions/alterations thereto), must be submitted for plan review in person no later than Wednesday, December 21, 2022.  The proposed plans must be completed to the satisfaction of the Building Official for review on compliance with the 2019 CBSC. Incomplete submittals will not be accepted, with no exceptions. 

 

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.

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

HYBRID over the counter (OTC) permits consist of Reroof, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical.

* The permit 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

The Building & Safety Division will continue to provide permits by email at 
BuildingRedondo@redondo.org. However, the email process is taking approximate 9- 11 weeks. It is recommended to come in during open counter hours and arrive early. The counter will close promptly at the times listed above.

APPOINTMENTS:
Appointments can be made using the online appointment scheduler https://booking.appointy.com/appointmentsredondo.

INSPECTOR COUNTER HOURS:
Building inspectors are available for assistance at the counter or by phone during the following hours:
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM on alternate Fridays.

Pete Tucker, Senior Building Inspector pete.tucker@redondo.org       310-318-0636 x 2280
Bryan Zuppiger, Senior Building Inspector bryan.zuppiger@redondo.org     310-318-0636 x 2613
Paul Mericle, Building Inspector paul.mericle@redondo.org         310-318-0636 x 2410

PLANS EXAMINERS available by Appointment Only:
To schedule an appointment, contact the plans examiners directly.

Steve Shiang, Senior Plans Check Engineer
  steve.shiang@redondo.org    310-318-0636 x 2611
Jooyon Baik, Plan Check Engineer            jooyon.baik@redondo.org     310-318-0636 x 2206

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING REPORTS for sale of a property:

1. Download and complete the Building Report Application Form
2. Pay for your report at https://css.redondo.org/css/citizens/ 
3. Email the completed application and receipt of payment to BuildingReports@redondo.org (Note: this is a NEW EMAIL ADDRESS for submittal of Building Report requests).
4. The report will be completed and returned to the applicant in 7- 10 business days.

PLAN CHECK SUBMITTAL PROCESS FOR RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PROJECTS:

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_COMPLETE_PLANS".
- Structural Calculations (if applicable) "PC1_STRUC_CALCS".
- Registered and Signed Energy Calculations (if applicable) "PC1_ENERGY_CALCS".
- Soils Report (if applicable) "PC1_SOILS_REPORT".

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 times listed above.

For any questions regarding the submittal process contact the Building Division at 310-318-0636. 

RESUBMITTAL PROCESS:

1. Provide a USB containing:
- A complete revised set of plans as "one pdf" document named "PC2_COMPLETE_PLANS", or PC3 etc, depending on submittal.
NOTE: Partial plans/slip-sheet resubmittals will not be accepted.
        - Revised or updated structural calculations stamped and signed named "PC2_STRUC_CALCS".
- Revised or updated registered energy calculations signed and dated named "PC2_ENERGY_CALCS".
- All required documents as identified in the Residential or Commercial Submittal Guidelines.
- All original documents returned to the applicant with the PC1 (First Plan Review Submittal) are required to be provided.

2. Provide an itemized response list clearly indicating the following:
- How each review comment(s) is addressed and the specific location on the plans, specifications, or calculations where the correction(s) is provided.
- Include on the itemized list any changes to the plans or previously submitted documents that are not the result of the plan check correction process.
NOTE: Changes made to the plans which are not a result of responses to the plan review comments may result in additional comments on future submittals.
- Cloud the updated changes on the plans.

APPROVAL & ISSUANCE PROCESS:

1. Plans have been approved by the Building Division. Permit staff will notify the applicant and inform them of the necessary permit fees, and final documents needed. Other department approvals (Engineering, Health Dept.) that may be needed to pull the permit. The following items but not limited to, may be needed to issue the permit:
- School fees
- Approval of the Construction Waste Management by the Public Works Division
- Issuance of an Engineering Public Right of Way Permit
- AQMD Rule 1403 Demolition Notification if not submitted with issuance of a Demolition Permit

2. Balance due of permit fees. Permit staff will provide the applicant with an invoice to pay for the permit fees via an online payment portal or in-person at the city cashier.

3. Issuance of the permit. Upon permit fees being paid in full, permit staff will email an Approved Set of Plans, copy of the permit, and an inspection card to the applicant.

NOTE: It is required that the Permittee provide a printed set of City Approved Plans onsite a minimum size of 24" x 36", and for Solar a minimum size of 11" x 17".


SCHEDULING INSPECTIONS:

To SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION, contact the inspection request line at 310-318-0607.  
Be prepared to leave the following required information on the request line:
1. Permit Number
2. Job Address
3. Inspection Type (reference your inspection card for the inspection type)
4. Telephone number preferably cell number, where the inspector can contact you the morning of the inspection to confirm the inspection.

INSPECTIONS:

1. Approved plans and Inspection Card are required to be onsite for inspections. The Permittee shall provide a printed set of City Approved Plans a minimum size of 24" x 36", and for Solar a minimum size of 11" x 17". 
NOTE: Should approved plans not be onsite the inspector shall issue a Not Ready (NR) correction and the inspection shall be rescheduled. 

2. For on-site inspections during a COVID-19 strain/ variant outbreak, the City will require the contractor have only one-point person; ideally the Superintendent who is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on-site with no other workers in the immediate vicinity during inspection. Social distancing of 6 feet will be required between the person at the site and the inspector. Inspectors will be provided with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as needed to perform the inspection.

3. In a COVID-19 strain/ variant outbreak, inspections that can be performed via mobile device is the preferred method.

Inspectors will walk you through the inspection process identifying if any items require correction. At the conclusion of the inspection the inspector will inform you if you passed the inspection or what the next applicable step is. If a correction notice is required, the inspector will send you an e-mail with a list of any items that need to be addressed. Once the repairs are completed you may request a re-inspection.

VIRTUAL LIVE INSPECTION PREPARATION
A. Prior to start of inspection have all necessary tools available (such as a tape measure, screwdriver, level, GFCI tester, ladder, etc…) necessary to perform the inspection.
B. Make sure your device is fully charged, with notifications turned off that may interrupt the inspection.
C. Be ready to receive and respond to a video call from the City Inspector at the scheduled day and time. Having ear buds with a microphone greatly improves communication.
D. Ensuring no unnecessary sounds are present (power tools, radio, etc…) helps improve communication clarity as well.
E. When plans reviewed by the City are involved in the project, these City approved plans will be required for all virtual live inspections.  

VIRTUAL LIVE INSPECTION PROCESS

F. Each inspection will begin at the street view to verify the location by showing the structure and property address and construction signage
G. To ensure consistency please start the inspection from the front entry, walking the inspection in a clockwise direction horizontally on each floor, starting at the bottom floor if there are multiple levels, while following the direction of the inspector.
H. The inspector will inform you if any corrections were found during the inspection and provide a correction notice (if necessary) to you by e-mail. If there were no corrections identified, a written approval by e-mail will let you know you passed the inspection.
I. Once the inspection is completed and the virtual call ends, the inspector will enter the results into our permitting system, and email the contractor the results.

USING VIRTUAL LIVE INSPECTIONS

** The virtual inspection is not available for all types of inspections. It may not work for the types of inspections offered based on the installation location, lighting, camera quality, etc…we will make every effort to provide an explanation should this not be a successful attempt.

Redondo Beach requires all jobsite with security fencing to have the City of Redondo Beach Construction Rules sign posted and visible to the public. To obtain a copy of the sign, contact 310-318-0636.
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CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE **UPDATE**

Per CBSC Information Bulletin 22-01 the newly adopted 2022 California Building Standards Code (CBSC) will become effective on January 1, 2023. 

On January 1, 2023, the City of Redondo Beach will be enforcing the 2022 California Building Codes. California building codes can be found online at the California Building Standards Commission 2022 Codes.

Permits for all projects approved under the current 2019 CBSC must be issued before Wednesday, December 21, 2022, or prior to the expiration of the plan review date.  
  
Proposed plans in compliance with the 2019 CBSC for specific buildings or structures consisting of commercial, industrial, multi-family, and custom single-family dwellings (or additions/alterations thereto), must be submitted for plan review no later than Wednesday, December 21, 2022.  The proposed plans must be completed to the satisfaction of the Building Official for review on compliance with the 2019 CBSC. Incomplete submittals will not be accepted, no exceptions. 

After completion of the plan review for 2019 CBSC submittals, all required construction permits must be obtained within 365 days from the original submittal date.  No extensions of the plan review will be granted by the Building Official, upon the effective date January 1, 2023 of the 2022 California Building Standards Codes.  Permits issued prior to the plan check expiration will be good for 12 months.  If no work has commenced the plans must be updated and resubmitted for a compliance review under the 2022 California Building Standards.


SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PERMIT PROCESS

For solar photovoltaic permitting and information, please visit: www.redondo.org/solar.

Code Enforcement programs enhance the quality of life in Redondo Beach through the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance and Building Code and are located in the Police Department.  (NOTE: enforcement of parking regulations and animal control regulations are administered through the Police Department.)


Building & Safety Division
The Building & Safety Division is comprised of the Chief Building Official and our staff of plan check engineers, inspectors, and permit tech staff. The Building & Safety Division's responsibility is the health and safety of the citizens of Redondo Beach and the general public who visit our city. We apply building code standards for many reasons, including public safety, the economic well being of the community, conservation and environmental concerns. At the same time, we endeavor to achieve an excellent level of public service in timeliness, courtesy, and quality. At our public counter you can find detailed and updated information for individual subjects, in the form of brochures and memorandums. Assistance is available to persons with physical disabilities.

Building & Safety Division

City Hall, Door 2
415 Diamond Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: (310) 318-0636
Fax: (310) 374-4828

 

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