The City of Big Bear Lake Building & Safety Division is currently experiencing a high volume of project submittals, both in person and via email, which may increase during the weeks immediately preceding the January 1, 2023 effective date of the new 2022 edition of the California Building Codes. This means that applications submitted in either format toward the end of December 2022 may not be able to be reviewed for accuracy and “deemed complete” by City staff before the December 31, 2022 deadline; thereby requiring those submittals to be redesigned to meet the new 2022 California Building Codes. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE REVIEW UNDER THE 2019 EDITION OF THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODES.

The Building & Safety division is an important tool for the orderly development and maintenance of properties within the City. In addition to the enforcement of local codes and ordinances, Building & Safety is also responsible for the enforcement of certain state and federal regulations when they become applicable to construction projects in the City. Building & Safety reviews development plans, issues permits and provides inspection for both private and public projects while also being responsible for the abatement of unsafe or unpermitted structures.

Under State Law, construction must comply with the California Building Standards Codes and the Building & Safety Division is responsible for implementing the City's Building Code. This includes regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location, and maintenance of all buildings and structures. As part of its responsibility to ensure that buildings and structures are built to minimum standards to safeguard health, safety, and welfare, the City requires that a building permit be obtained prior to the construction of many improvements to private property. Once a permit is obtained, City building inspectors visit the property as needed to ensure that the construction is occurring per approval.

Building permits are required to build, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, or demolish any building. Permits are also required for most plumbing and electrical improvements.

For further information on building permits or to see if your project needs a permit, visit the Building & Safety public counter any time between 8 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. Building inspectors are available by appointment Monday through Friday - call (909) 752-2896 to schedule an appointment.

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Main Office:
Phone: (909) 866-5831 x 140
Inspection Line: (909) 752-2896
Fax: (909) 866-7511


Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Physical Address
39707 Big Bear Boulevard
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Mailing Address
City of Big Bear Lake
PO Box 10000
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315



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