NEW BUILDING & SAFETY FEES WILL BE IN EFFECT AS OF JULY 20, 2020.
The Building and Safety Division's primary responsibility is the enforcement of Building Standards adopted by the State of California and the City of San Bernardino. These standards include the California Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Energy Codes, and Disabled Access Regulations contained in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. The Division also has responsibility for the enforcement of the California Mobile Home Park Act Regulations contained in Title 25.
The enforcement of these codes is accomplished through the "permit process". The permit process includes:
1) The review of construction plans to determine design compliance with applicable codes
2) Permit issuance
3) Intermittent inspection of the construction work as it progresses
4) final inspection approval and the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
The ultimate goal of the permit process is to insure that buildings which are constructed meet minimum code standards necessary to protect the public's health, safety, and property, and to promote energy efficiency and accessibility for disabled persons. The Division also investigates complaints regarding unpermitted construction, accessibility violations, and mobile home park maintenance violations.
Please be advised that beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, the Department will be accepting new applications for processing by appointment only.
You may still communicate and submit applications via Division instructions provided below. Once received, staff will contact applicants by phone or through e-mail.
Submittals for Building Permits & Plan Checks may be done by downloading the Building Application here and, when completed, may be submitted directly to CityofSBBuilding@sbcity.org and must include the Title page of construction plans that provide pertinent information for calculating fees (i.e., scope of work, valuation, and project details). Additional submittal instructions may be given after initial review of the Building Application.
If you have already submitted for a permit online, DO NOT make an appointment. It will be processed in house electronically.
Electronic Submittals are being answered in the order they are received.
Processing times will be longer than usual. We ask for your patience as we work through high levels of requests.
We very much appreciate your patience during this process.
Looking for records on your property? Check online by clicking Search For Records Online.
Earthquake Brace & Bolt Program
Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) was developed to help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake. A residential seismic retrofit strengthens an existing house, making it more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure. A typical retrofit may cost between $3,000 and $7,000 depending upon the location, the size of the house, and the amount of work involved.
**AS OF JANUARY 1, 2020, THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO WILL BE USING THE NEW ADOPTED BUILDING CODE**
For information on the current Building Code, please visit the page for Building Standards Commission