Types of Inspections



The Residential Inspection Division inspects one-and two-family dwellings; including new structures, additions, alterations, swimming pools, retaining walls, various accessory structures, and demolition of existing structures.

See Residential Inspection Forms & Publications



The Building Inspection Division provides inspection services for all commercial, industrial and residential buildings over two units. Inspections are performed on all integral, non-mechanical, components including the zoning of buildings.

See Building Inspection Forms & Publications



An electrical inspection provides inspection services for all commercial and industrial buildings, and verifies compliance with the electrical code. The intent of electrical inspection is to ensure compliance with the applicable electrical code in order to reduce personal, and structural electrical hazards.

Also, the inspector ensures that the correct product or equipment has been selected for the job, and verifies the proper installation and compliance with the Departmental approved plans, if applicable.

See Electrical Inspection Forms & Publications

Elevator/Pressure Vessel

LADBS inspects all elevators and related conveyances, as well as pressure vessels, annually for compliance to applicable codes. In addition, we inspect new installations, modernization and repair of existing devices, as well as responding to customer complaints and reported accidents.

See Elevator/Pressure Vessel Forms & Publications


Fire Sprinkler

Fire Sprinkler Inspection Division provides inspection services for all commercial and industrial buildings, and verifies compliance with the Fire Sprinkler code. 

This includes:

  • Inspections of overhead and underground fire sprinkler protection systems
  • Fire sprinkler system installations located in a variety of occupancies including but not limited to medical facilities, high-rise office buildings, manufacturing and industrial buildings, food service establishments, retail and residential structures and process waste plants and refineries.
  • Fire Pumps, Fire Water Storage Tanks, Fire Hydrants, and Standpipes Systems

See Fire Sprinkler Forms & Publications



The Grading Division of the Inspection Bureau oversees issues related to soils and foundations, grading, excavations, and fills.

The Grading Division uses primarily Chapters 18 and 70 of the LA Building Code for inspections. Permits are required for grading/earthwork in the Hillside Grading Area, removal and re-compaction, or back-fill. The Division provides inspection for foundation excavations, grading and fill placement.

Prior to issuing permits, a soils and/or geology report is usually required to be submitted to the Division for technical review by our geotechnical engineers and geologists.

Reports submitted to the Division typically address geotechnical engineering design as well geologic hazards, such as slope instability/earthquake induced landslides and liquefaction (Seismic Hazard Zones).  Areas near active faults, including those in the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones, require sufficient geologic investigation and coordination with the Division’s geologists. Various Information Bulletins provide additional information relative to requirements of the Grading Division.

See Grading Inspection Forms & Publications


Mechanical HVAC

Mechanical Inspection Division provides inspection services for all commercial and industrial buildings, and verifies compliance with the Mechanical code. LADBS is responsible for inspections of all Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Fire Life Safety Testing for Mechanical systems, including stairwell pressurization and smoke control smoke evacuation systems installed in all commercial, mixed use and multifamily buildings.

See Mechanical HVAC Inspection Forms & Publications


Plumbing Inspection Division provides inspection services for all commercial and industrial buildings, and verifies compliance with the plumbing code. Inspections are required for plumbing systems, which include sanitary, industrial waste, vent systems, and fuel gas systems. These systems are located in a variety of occupancies, including, but not limited to, medical facilities, high-rise office buildings, industrial buildings, manufacturing, food service establishments, retail and residential structures, process waste plants, and refineries.

See Plumbing Inspection Forms & Publications


As a part of our effort to reduce visual blight in the City, our Sign Enforcement Division is comprised of three units that enforce the City's sign regulations:

  1. General Sign Code Enforcement
    This unit responds to complaints regarding all types of signage and illegal signs. 
  2. Inspection of New Sign Construction
    When permits are issued to alter a sign or for new signs, this unit inspects the construction of the sign.
  3. Off-Site Sign Periodic Inspection Program (OSSPIP)
    The OSSPIP Section is dedicated to conducting a fee-supported program approved by the City Council for on-going periodic inspections of all off-site signs in the City which includes an evaluation of the sign's safety and legal status and compliance to the codes.
See Sign Inspection Publications

Green Building

As of January 1, 2011, the following type of projects are subject to the Los Angeles Green Building Code (LAGBC):

  • All new buildings (residential and non-residential)
  • All addition (residential and non-residential)
  • Alterations with building valuations of $200,000 or more 
    (residential and nonresidential)
  • Residential alterations that increase the building's conditioned volume

The LAGBC is based on the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code, commonly known as "CALGreen" that was developed and mandated by the State to attain consistency among the various jurisdictions within the State; reduce the building's energy and water use; reduce waste; and reduce the carbon footprint.

See Green Building Forms & Publications


Temporary Special Events

Inspections are available 24/7 for Temporary Special Events, aside from holidays.

You will be able to request the date and time of the inspection on the TSE permit application. The LADBS application must be filed and paid for at least two (2) business days prior to the date of the event, AND, after you have obtained all other required approvals or clearances from all other agencies.

Read more about Temporary Special Event Inspections

Haul Route Monitoring Program

The current rise in construction projects in Grading Hillside Areas has seen an increase in truck traffic related to the importing and exporting of soil. In working with the Council Offices and listening to the communities, LADBS recognized the need of added enforcement of the hauling activities to ensure safety and the quality of life for the residents.

The Haul Route Monitoring Program is enforced by the Grading Division of the Inspection Bureau.

See contact list and report a haul route violation