Building & Safety

The Building & Safety division of the Department of Community Development ensures the health and welfare of the residents of Seal Beach by regulating the construction and occupancy of buildings. It continues a tradition that can be traced through recorded history for over 4,000 years in which people have become increasingly aware of their ability to avoid the catastrophic consequences of building construction failure. Today's codes are possible because of the efforts and the collaboration of building officials and key segments of the construction industry. Compliance with building standards are met through plan review, permit issuance, and on-site inspection.


The City of Seal Beach is now offering the option of submitting a building permit application and plans electronically.  The following link will provide detail instructions and identify the steps necessary to submit an application and subsequently submit building plans for electronic plan check review.  Please note that this service is only available for building permit applications.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Building & Safety Division at (562) 431-2527 x1323.
Building Permit Application Process During COVID-19

Plan Check

Plan Check makes sure a project meets code requirements and is safe before construction starts. It does so by processing permits and reviewing code compliance for structural, architectural, grading, and fire safety, as shown on submitted plans. This service saves the builder from costly mistakes that can be made during construction and lends the additional expertise of a construction professional to the project.

Department of Community Development counter hours:
City Hall is temporarily closed to the public, but community development services are available in contact-free ways. Please email or call (714) 431-2527 for assistance. 


Inspection ensures that the work conforms to the permit, local codes, and the submitted plans. This is an additional protection for the consumer since it provides a check that the contractor is following the approved plans.

Inspection Requests:

Please call the inspection request hotline and leave a message before 4:00 p.m. to be placed on the inspection schedule for the next day:  (562) 431-2527 x1519

To find out for what day/time your inspection has been scheduled, please call (562) 431-2527 x1323 or email us by clicking here.

Building Inspections will be conducted:

Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays
8:00 a.m. – noon & 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement is the prevention, detection, investigation, and enforcement of violations of statutes or ordinances that regulate public health/safety/welfare, public works, business activities, consumer protection, building standards, land-use, or municipal affairs. For more information or questions about code enforcement, please contact:

Neighborhood Services Officer, Samuel Funes
Phone: (562) 431-2527 x1342

Helpful Links

International Code Council (ICC)
Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
California Architects Board
Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
Orange County Fire Authority
Orange County Stormwater Program
Orange County Sanitation District