Building & Safety

January 15, 2020

The Building and Safety Division is responsible for the enforcement of City standards governing the construction, alteration and maintenance of buildings and structures.  This includes permits such as building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy and accessibility.  Building and Safety also provides services such as plan checking, permit issuance, inspection and administration of abatement programs for substandard and unsafe structures and providing state and local code administration interpretations.

The Division provides quality regulations for structures by pre-plan examination with building designer, formal plan examination and personal field inspection to ensure safety.  The Division ensures adherence to uniform safety and energy standards in the construction, addition or repair of buildings through plans examination and field inspections; provide accurate and prompt information to contractors, architects, engineers and property owners regarding building, energy and safety requirements.  The Division also coordinates building plan check procedures of all City departments; and enforces building codes and requires permits when suspect activities are observed in the field.

Contact Information

Rose Arguello, Construction Permit Specialist at rarguello@lapuente.org

Raul Diaz, Building Inspector at rdiaz@lapuente.org

Jim Guerra, Building Official at jguerra@lapuente.org

Building & Safety Information and Inspection request Line: (626) 855-1542

Obtaining a Building Permit

According to Section 106 of the 2016 County of Los Angeles Building Code and 2016 California Building Code, no person shall erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, connect, convert, demolish or equip any building, structure or portion thereof, or automatic fire protection system regulated by City of Puente Title 9, perform any grading as regulated by Appendix J, or perform landscaping as regulated by Title 8, or cause the same to be done, without first obtaining a separate permit for each building, structure, automatic fire protection system, grading or landscaping from the City Building Division. The same requirements apply to electrical, plumbing and mechanical alterations or installation of n fixtures or other work.

Building permit applications are available at the Building Counter at City Hall.

Over the Counter Permits

Permits that do not require plan check, such as water heater change-outs, meter panel upgrades, and re-roofs, may be issued over the counter at the Building Division counter.

Plan Check Submittal & Requirements

Plan Check Requirements: Minor Tenant Improvement and/or Residential Additions

Over the Counter Plan Check: Projects that are small or minor in scope of work and do not require calculations may be reviewed over the counter on a walk-in basis.  Plan checker is available on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It is our goal to review as many small projects over the counter as possible, however, counter plan checks may not be conducted for projects when project requires additional time and review.

Plan Submittal Application:  Permits requiring plan check are issued after the plans have been reviewed and approved by applicable departments. The required reviews are based on the type of work of your project.

Code In Effect

2016 California Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Residential and Green Building Standards Codes and adopted and amended by Los Angeles County and further amended by the Municipal Code Title 8 & 9.


Permit Activity List

Monthly listing of permit activity in the City.

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

June 2019

July 2019

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

Other Useful Contact Information

Los Angeles County Health Department (626) 430-5411

Los Angeles County Fire Prevention Bureau (626) 336-6950

Los Angeles County Sanitation District (562) 699-7411

Los Angeles County Environmental Programs (626) 485-3517

Last modified: December 15, 2020

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