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Every three years, the State adopts new codes (known collectively as the California Building Standards Code) to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, and fire and life safety systems. Sections 17922, 17958 and 18941.5 of the California Health and Safety Code require that the latest edition of the California Building Standards Code apply to local construction 180 days after publication.

All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners and contractors must be familiar with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. The City of El Cajon Community Development Department, as required by State law, cannot approve projects that do not comply with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the El Cajon Community Development Department will follow State law and enforce the 2019 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (also known as Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations).

More detailed information on each section can be found on the International Code Council website.Building desk 

Building and Fire Safety is dedicated to improving the quality of life and assuring the interests of life, health and safety in the City of El Cajon. The Division accomplishes their goals through the implementation of codes and standards as they relate to construction, fire and life safety and property maintenance. It is our goal to serve the residents of El Cajon with the highest level of professionalism, proficiency and customer service in the industry.

Building and Fire Safety provides services to the community through plan check and inspection of new buildings and structures, plan check and inspection of fire safety and protection systems, inspection of hazardous and high risk occupancies, permitting and inspection of mobile home installations, inspection of substandard properties, graffiti eradication, and citizen complaints. For more information, use the links below to the destination of your choice. 

_DSC6494We are dedicated to providing this service to our customers with the highest degree of professionalism, proficiency, and diligence. We are also dedicated to the highest level of customer service that we can provide.

General Information - 619-441-1726

Building Email -

City of El Cajon
Building and Fire Safety
200 Civic Center Way
El Cajon, CA 92020


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