Ensure you are being safe

Purpose of Inspections

As you complete each phase of construction, you'll need to have city inspectors visit to ensure that the work meets the safety standards in the Long Beach city code.

Common items to be inspected are foundation excavations, concrete work, wood framing, ventilation equipment, plumbing, electrical, shear wall nailing, roof nailing etc. You may need several inspections from each category as construction proceeds.

Any work which requires a permit will require inspections. When a permit is received, an Inspection Card will be issued. This card must be posted on the job site. The plans which were approved by the Department of Development Services must also be available during each inspection.

Schedule Inspection

You will need to provide the following information to schedule an inspection:

  • Inspection address
  • Permit number
  • Type of inspection(s)
  • Type of building (i.e. single family, apartment, commercial)
  • Contact name and phone number
  • Any special instructions for accessing the inspection site

Inspections can usually be scheduled for the next business day if you submit your request before 3pm. Requests made after 3pm will be scheduled 2-days after your request.

Confirm Inspection

To find out when your inspection will occur, call the main number the next business day starting at 8:30am. You will be given a 2 hour window during which the Inspector will arrive.

Reschedule Inspection

To reschedule your inspection date and time, please give at least 24 hours notice.


The cost of a building inspection is included in the permit fee.

However, there is a $192.37 reinspection fee if an inspection call is made but the work is not ready for inspection or required corrections have not been completed.

A reinspection fee will also be charged if the approval plans are not available or the inspector cannot gain access to the site to perform the inspection.

Inspection Day

The day of the inspection you will need to meet the inspector at your ‘Inspection Address’ during the two-hour window allotted.

You will need to provide to the following information to the inspector:

  • Permit
  • Inspection Card (posted on site)
  • Plans

The inspector will evaluate the work and record approvals on the Inspection Card to track construction progress. Approvals are also recorded into the city’s database.

Certificate of Occupancy

When you finish construction, you'll need a final inspection for the work you've completed to ensure safety for occupancy and connection of utility services.

If there are no corrections, the inspector will approve the work and will authorize the connection of utility services, then issue a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) to the property owner.

This final approval will allow you to begin using your location to do business.