Building and Safety – General Information

Counter Hours

Building and Safety:  7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Planning: 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and with an appointment after 1:00 p.m.

Note: City Hall is closed alternate Fridays and on holidays. To view the City Hall calendar, click here.

In order to ensure the Health and Safety of City residents and the general public, Building and Safety coordinates and enforces all Building and Housing regulations established by state and local governments. You can obtain building permits, get answers to questions related to building and safety issues, and review building permit records at City Hall.

Building and Safety Department
12 Journey, Suite 100
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: (949) 425-2540
Fax: (949) 425-3899
Inspection Request Hotline: (949) 425-2545

Inspections are performed Monday through Friday. Requests submitted before 6 a.m. will receive same day inspections; Requests submitted after 6am will occur on the next business day, unless otherwise specified. Morning inspections are typically between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and afternoon inspections are from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Project designs shall comply with the following:

Building Codes adopted by the City:
2016 CA Building Code, 2016 CA Residential Code, 2016 CA Mechanical Code, 2016 CA Plumbing Code, 2016 CA Electrical Code, 2016 CA Energy Code, 2016 CA Green Building Standards Code, and Aliso Viejo Municipal Code.

The City is primarily located within Climate Zone 6; however, the NE section is within Climate Zone 8, which includes: Surfbird, Osprey, Seagull, Egret, Prairie Falcom, Waxwing, Night Heron, Partridge, Nightingale , Tanager, Nutcracker, Wigeon, Cuervo, Cardinal and Bluebird.
Wind Load 110 mph
Exposure C
100-Year Storm Rainfall – 2 inches per hour

Planning Approval Required 
In order to ensure that projects meet the requirements of the Aliso Viejo Municipal Code, applicants are required to discuss and obtain approval for their project from the Planning Department, prior to the submittal of plans to the Building Department. Please see the Planning Department’s webpage for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Method of Payment:  Cash or Check Only

Construction Hours: 
7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Weekdays
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays
No construction allowed on Sundays or federal holidays.

Contact the City’s waste hauler, CR&R, for construction/demolition waste removal at  (800) 826-9677.


Forms and Permits

Reasons to Go Solar:

Solar energy is a practical, cost effective, and environmentally sound way to heat and cool a home. If you are interested in the benefits of solar energy, refer to the following documents:

Solar Fact Sheet for Homeowners

Residential Photovoltaic Guidelines

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