Building and Safety Division

The Building and Safety Division provides plan checking and building inspection services. The division's goal is to protect the people who live and work in the City through review of construction plans before work begins and then by monitoring the work through completion. The Building and Safety Division is responsible for enforcing the California Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical codes, the San Gabriel Municipal Code, and other pertinent provisions of the State, Federal and County health codes. They also retain a history of permit records for properties within the city.

New 2016 Building Codes to be effective January 1, 2017

On January 1, 2017, the new 2016 Building codes to take effect. Every three years, the State of California Building Standards Commission adopts new building and fire codes as the governing standards to regulate construction projects. These triannual updates are done in order to implement any improved life safety standards as new scientific and technical evidence is developed.

These new codes are made available in July so each local jurisdiction can have an opportunity to amend the codes base on their unique geographical, climate and topographical conditions. City of San Gabriel along with the cities in the Los Angeles Basin established a committee to carefully examine the new code and made a number of structural amendments due to our proximity to the seismic faults. For the most part, these amendments are essential in order to help maintaining the structural integrity of low rise projects in our seismic zone as many of the minor residential additions and alterations are designed prescriptively without benefiting from the expertise of a registered professional.

Helpful information about the new codes can be found below:

1. How will the new code affect my project?

2. Structural amendments to the California Building Standards Code

3. Highlighted changes - 2016 California Codes

For questions, please contact Building Official Joe Chen at or at (626) 308-2806, ext. 4627.