The City of La Puente

Building and Safety Division

The Building and Safety Division is responsible for enforcing City standards governing the construction, alteration, and maintenance of buildings and structures. The services include permits such as building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, and accessibility. Building and Safety Division also provides 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 a 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; provides 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

Permit Specialist
Meka Gitchuway
Phone: (626) 855-1542
Email: mgitchuway@lapuente.org

Plans Examiner
Richard Kellogg
Email: rkellogg@willdan.com

Building Inspector
Raul Diaz
Phone: (626) 855-1541
Email: rdiaz@lapuente.org

Building Inspection Request Line
Phone: (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 La 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 installing fixtures or other work.

Over the Counter Permits

Permits that do not require a plan check, such as water heater change-outs, meter panel upgrades, and re-roofs, may be issued over 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 & Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

Plan Submittal Application:  Permits requiring plan checks 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

2013 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 building permit activities within the City of La Puente.

February 2021

March 2021

Other Useful Contact Information

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