Building & Safety

Building Department Public Counter Hours

The Building Department counter is open 8am to 4pm  Monday through Thursday for in person services.  Please see online eTrakit permitting system for after hours services or email bpermit@cityoflagunaniguel.org.

Notice of Annual Building Division Fee Increase Effective July 1, 2021

In accordance with the City Council Resolution No. 91-129 establishing fees for the Building Division, increases have been made to the construction valuation and non-valuation permit fees based upon changes in the Los Angeles Construction Cost Index published by the Engineering News Record (ENR). These increases will be effective July 1, 2021.  Building Fees will increase + 0.3%

Online Building Permits

In addition to inspection requests, the online eTrakit permitting system can be used to apply for the following building permits. Please allow 24 hours for processing.

  • Residential Repipe Permit
  • Residential Standard Water Heater Replacement Permit
  • Residential Dishwasher Permit
  • Residential PV (Single Family) Permit

Please email any questions to: bpermit@cityoflagunaniguel.org

Building Division

The Building & Safety Division is responsible for the building and safety standards for the design, construction, use, and occupancy, of all buildings and structures in the City. We provide plan checking, permitting, and inspection services for new construction, additions, renovations, alterations, and remodels to assure all structures meet the minimum life safety standards of State and local building codes.

Community Development staff will assist and guide you through your development project. After all reviews and approvals are complete, you will be ready to obtain your building permits. If you are going to do the home improvements yourself, you can obtain an “Owner Builder” permit after completing the owner builder verification form. If you are not going to do the work yourself, a California Licensed Contractor can obtain the permits to begin your project.

Click here for Permit Information and Handouts

Preparing and Submitting Plans

Before any grading or building construction can occur, plans must be prepared and submitted to the City and reviewed for compliance with zoning regulations, the Grading Code, and the Building Code. At this level of review, the focus is on public health and safety issues such as structural integrity, earthquake safety, fire protection and handicapped access.

Schedule a Building or Grading Inspection

During the construction phase of development, grading and building inspectors make periodic site visits to ensure that grading and building is proceeding consistent with approved plans.

Schedule a building or grading inspection with our online permitting system, or call (949) 362-4381. View the inspection schedule, which is updated daily at 9 a.m. Cancel or reschedule a same day inspection at (949) 362-4334.