Building and Safety Division

Mainline: 818-790-8651
Inspection Hotline: 818-790-8652 (or request through ConnectLCF)

Building and Safety is a division of the Community Development Department. The Division provides the overall coordination of functions relative to building construction including plan check; permit issuance (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, green building, residential, and energy standards); building inspection and enforcement of state and local building codes. The City contracts with the County of Los Angeles to provide the employees and expertise to perform this function.

The City has adopted by reference, with certain exceptions, the 2017 Los Angeles County Building and 2017 Los Angeles County Fire codes. These codes are modified from the basic statewide 2016 California Building and Fire Codes. The augmented codes to be adopted are:

Green Building Standards:

The City HAS ADOPTED THE 2016 statewide version of the CALGreen ordinance.

LCF Building Code

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS FOR BUSINESS LICENSES AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS (Certified Access Specialist Inspection Services)

For plan check, you typically need complete sets of plans, structural calculations, and energy reports to be submitted online through the ConnectLCF portal with the application.

Building & Safety Counter Hours

  • Monday 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Friday 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

To schedule an inspection related to a current permit, log in to ConnectLCF portal, select the permit, and request the inspection online. Inspection requests will only be available when the project is ready for an inspection.  View the Inspection Request Guide for step by step instructions.

ConnectLCF Apply For A Permit Online

The City has moved to an online permitting system.  You may apply for building permits online, pay your fees online, go through plan checks online, and finally print your issued permit online.  Please register at ConnectLCF then use the apply button to submit an application.

Fuel Modification Plan Applicability Map

The entire City of La Cañada Flintridge is designated as being within the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. This affects the requirements of the Building Code when applying for permits. It also means that the City follows the requirements of the Los Angeles County Fuel Modification Plan Guidelines within the mountainous areas of the City. The City has been divided into two fuel modification zones: in the following maps, the red lots are the area where the Guidelines must be followed; and the white lots are the area where the Guidelines DO NOT APPLY. The zones are depicted on the following two maps: the north half of the City and the south half of the City.

Residents should always call 811 before digging

The City urges residents to call 811 before any digging project.

When calling 811, homeowners and professional contractors are connected with an area one-call center, which will then notify the appropriate underground utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested dig site to mark the location of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both. Learn more about the 811 processes, and what the flags and paint mean, by visiting Dig Alert.

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects, and uneven surfaces. Every digging project no matter how large or small warrants a call to 811, and, it’s the law. Visit Dig Alert to learn more.