Building and Safety Division
1275 W. Main Street
El Centro, CA 92243
The Building and Safety Division provides Building Code enforcement for all construction projects located in the City of El Centro. We do this in a professional, conscientious and customer service oriented manner. We also provide courteous, professional and helpful service at the Building and Safety counter for Architects, Engineers, Developers, Contractors, property owners and the general public.
COVID-19 CHANGES TO BUILDING INSPECTIONS - For staff safety, Building Inspectors will not be completing any inspections for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Permittees that have projects that require that kind of inspection will be required to fill out the Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Self Certification form and turn it in before requesting a final inspection.
Our office is currently open to the public from 8:00am to 5:00pm. You can submit your applications and plans during those hours. If you are not able to come to the office during those hours and this is a residential project, you can always download the application and email it to: BuildingApplications@cityofelcentro.org. We require all commercial projects to submit full size sets of plans. These can be sent by USPS, FedEx, or UPS.
Garage Sale permits may not be applied for via email.
Notice to Property Owners: In order to provide property owners with more flexibility in providing shade to their homes, the City Council amended the Zoning Ordinance to allow roofed, open-sided patios in the front yard and side yard setback areas. A property owner may construct a patio within the side yard setback areas as long as 5-foot property line setback is maintained. A property owner may also construct a patio in the front yard setback area, as long as the patio does not extend more than 5 feet into the required front yard. The patio must be attached to the primary residence and cannot be enclosed as living space. This regulation does not apply to Carport construction.
What is an Owner-Builder?
- An owner-builder is what the term indicates: a person owns the property and acts as their own general contractor on the job, and either does the work themselves or has employees (or subcontractors) working on the project.
- The work site must be their principal place of residence that they have occupied for 12 months prior to completion of the work.
- The homeowner cannot construct and then sell more than two structures during any three-year period.
When you sign a building permit application as an owner-builder, you assume full responsibility for all phases of your project and its integrity. You must pull all building permits. Your project must pass codes and building inspections.
The owner-builder is responsible for ordering materials and making sure all suppliers are paid.
An owner-builder also is responsible for supervising, scheduling, and paying subcontractors. If you use anyone other than a licensed subcontractor for work, you may be considered an "employer."
This section presents some additional issues that should be taken into consideration before deciding to become an owner-builder
ALERT: Be wary of "consultants" or unlicensed individuals who will try to talk you into becoming an owner-builder as a way to save money. They are usually the ones who illegally profit from this arrangement.
AB-3002 - Disability access requirements