Building and Safety Division

The Building and Safety Division provides plan checking and building inspection services. The division's goal is to protect the people who live and work in the City through review of construction plans before work begins and then by monitoring the work through completion. The Building and Safety Division is responsible for enforcing the California Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical codes, the San Gabriel Municipal Code, and other pertinent provisions of the State, Federal and County health codes. They also retain a history of permit records for properties within the city.


Every three years, the State of California Building Standards Commission ( adopts new building and fire codes as the governing standards to regulate construction projects. These triennial updates are done in order to implement any improved life-safety standards as new scientific and technical evidence is developed.

These new codes are made available in July, so each local jurisdiction can have an opportunity to amend the codes based on their unique geographical climate and topographical conditions. City of San Gabriel along with the cities in the Los Angeles Basin established a committee to carefully examine the new code and made a number of structural amendments due to our proximity to the seismic faults. As explained by Building Official Joseph Chen, "For the most part, these amendments are essential in order to help maintaining the structural integrity of low rise projects in our seismic zone. As many of the minor residential additions and alterations are designed prescriptively without benefiting from the expertise of a registered professional."

Solar Permitting and Guidelines

For information regarding the permit streamlining process for solar projects, please select the following link.  For the latest guidelines regarding solar permitting, please visit the Office of Planning and Research, California Solar Permitting Guidebook.    

The City of San Gabriel's Solar Energy Collectors Code can be found by selecting the link.    


NEW AB 3002 Disabled Access Requirements Notice for Commercial Permits effective January 1, 2019. 


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