Building Inspections

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This section of the Building and Safety Division is tasked with verifying that the work being done conforms to the approved plans and does not violate any of our State or locally adopted building codes. Sometimes field conditions are not able to be shown on the plans and require alternate methods of construction. It is the field inspector’s job to insure that these changes "meet code" and/or get submitted by the designer to the Building Division for further review and approvals.

It is our goal to be more than just someone who shows up and tells you what is going wrong and that our inspections should help your project run smoothly rather than interfere. To accomplish this, our inspectors will try to:

  1. Identify potential problems as early as possible.

  2. Consult with you by phone or on the job to resolve any problems you have.

  3. Let your job proceed whenever possible.

To schedule a Fire inspection,
please contact Fire Prevention at (805) 925-0951 extension 2502.


Construction Building Inspection

To Schedule Building inspection you may call the 24-hour inspection line at (805) 925-0951 extension 2510 by 4:00 p.m. one business day prior to the requested inspection date.  Please leave your permit number, job address, inspection type, preference of either morning or afternoon, and a reliable contact phone number. Your inspector will contact you between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. on the day of inspection to coordinate.

You will need to do the following before our inspection:

  1. Complete the work being inspected so that it meets the plans and relevant code requirements.
  2. Have the approved (City-stamped) plans and inspection card on
    the job-site.
  3. Provide access for inspection, including a ladder or other means of access if needed.
  4. The owner or contractor should be present for work on occupied buildings.
  5. If any tests are required, have them ready at the time of inspection. 

Business License Inspection

To schedule a Business License Inspection please call (805) 925-0951 extension 2241 and staff will set up an inspection for you.


For construction in progress complaints, dust or erosion control you may contact us at 925-0951 extension 2241.  You may be required to give us your name and a follow-up phone number where you can be reached. We will not investigate anonymous complaints.

If the construction that you are registering a complaint about has been completed, contact the City of Santa Maria City Attorney's Office, Code Compliance Division at 925-0951 extension 2420.

If the complaint is in regards to a specific contractor, you may also contact the California State Contractors License Board online.  

Special inspection

Special (deputy) inspection may be required for your project.  Click on link below for instruction manual and forms.
2016 Special Inspection Manual and Forms

Contact Us

110 S. Pine St. Room 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458

Counter hours are 8:00 4:00 p.m. Please note: Planning staff is available at the counter between 8:00 a.m. and noon. You may reach us by phone during normal business hours 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ph. (805) 925-0951 x2241
Fax (805) 928-8275
E-mail building division staff

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