Building Safety

Culver City Interim Building Safety Operations Due to COVID-19 

The primary function of the Building and Safety Division is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by ensuring safe buildings.  We accomplish this through permitting, plan check, and inspection services.

Reach us at building.safety@culvercity.org for service, questions, and inspection requests. Replies to inquiries are within 24-48 hours answered in the order they are received. 

We appreciate your patience as we work through COVID-19 impacts and thank you for your understanding.

Inspections

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Construction Sites

UPDATED: May 18, 2020

In coordination with the City and County of Los Angeles, the City Manager of the City of Culver City issued a supplemental Public Order(PDF, 2MB)  today calling on residents of the City of Culver City to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks.  On those occasions when residents are out of their home for necessary tasks, they should stay at least six feet away from others. The purpose of the order is to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Once the order takes effect it will be in place until April 19, 2020 and is subject to extension. The City is currently evaluating how it can continue to provide in-person services at City Hall while also encouraging social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Safety Guideline for Construction Sites

Pursuant to the authority of Building Code Section 104.1, and consistent with the intent and purpose of the Building Code, I hereby issue these COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Construction Sites.  These Guidelines shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in the Building Code.

The following Guidelines are based on Interim CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and other publications.

Construction industry employers shall develop a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control plan, which includes control measures such as social distancing, symptom checking, hygiene, decontamination procedures, and training. An exposure control plan and the following practices must be followed to prevent any onsite worker from contracting COVID-19, as many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and can potentially spread disease. Failure to comply with this guidance shall be deemed as creating unsafe conditions and may result in withheld inspections or shutting down the construction site until corrected.

Culver City Building Safety staff will verify compliance with these guidelines during regular scheduled inspections for projects under construction as well as during investigations associated with complaints that may be submitted to the City of Culver City Coronavirus Hotline: call (310) 253-6890 or email coronavirus@culvercity.org.

  • Practice social distancing by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from others.
  • Preclude gatherings of any size, and anytime two or more people must meet, ensure minimum 6-foot separation.
  • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
  • The owner/contractor shall designate a site specific COVID-19 Supervisor to enforce this guidance. A designated COVID-19 Supervisor shall be present on the construction site at all times during construction activities. The COVID19 Supervisor can be an on-site worker who is designated to carry this role.
  • Identify “choke points” and “high-risk areas” where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and control them so social distancing is maintained.
  • Minimize interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials, ensure minimum 6-foot separation.
  • Stagger the trades as necessary to reduce density and maintain minimum 6-foot separation social distancing.
  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, work tools and equipment. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.
  • Post, in areas visible to all worker, required hygienic practices including not touching face with unwashed hands or with gloves; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, cleaning AND disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the CDC.
  •  Place wash stations or hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Require anyone on the project to stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Have employees inform their supervisor if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19.
  • Maintain a daily attendance log of all workers and visitors.

  Lukas Quach, MBA, RCE, SE, QSP/D, CASp, CBO  - Culver City Building Official

Attention Permittees

Please read the attached Public Health Requirements and adhere to the instructions outlined.

 “All essential businesses must adhere to the following public health protocols: …. Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, including guidance for cleaning and disinfecting the site. Essential businesses must follow the industry-specific guidance issued by the Health Officer on the Public Health website related to COVID-19.”

Please link to Culver City Public Health Requirements for Businesses(PDF, 584KB)

How Do I Schedule Inspections?

Inspection services ARE operational. Inspection requests should be made via email at building.safety@culvercity.org. Please provide the following information:

  • Permit number (s)
  • Site address
  • Type of inspection being requested.  Include any additional info that the inspector might need to properly conduct your inspection.
  • Date of desired inspection. (Inspection dates are not guaranteed.  You will receive a confirmation email once your inspection is scheduled.)
  • Inspection contact name and phone number.

Inspections may be conducted in person or virtually via FaceTime or Cisco Webex Meet. Practice social distancing during the inspection. If you are not feeling well, please reschedule the inspection.

 

Permits

How Do I Apply Electronically for an Over the Counter Permit?

  1. Complete the permit application for the specified scope of work: 
  2. Please be sure to provide a contact name, phone number and email address.
  3. Send the completed application to building.safety@culvercity.org or fax it to (310) 253-5824.
  4. Staff will process the application and you will receive an invoice of fees along with a link to our online payment portal.

  5. Once the payment has been processed, the issued permit will be sent back for electronic signature and must be signed by the contractor, property owner as owner/builder or agent for the contractor or property owner. Contractors will be required to have a current Culver City business license.

Can I Submit for Plan Check Electronically?

Only the following building permit types may be handled electronically via email.

  1. Send a completed Application for Building/Demo Permit with plans to building.safety@culvercity.org
  2. Staff will process the application and you will receive an invoice of fees along with a link to our online payment portal.
  3. Your plans will routed electronically to the appropriate departments.
  4. Staff will notify you via email with corrections or approval.
  5. If your plans are approved staff will email the issued permit for electronic signature.  Permits must be signed by the contractor, property owner as owner/builder or agent for the contractor or property owner. Contractors will be required to have a current Culver City business license.
  6. Once we have received the signed permit, we will send the approved/stamped plans to you via email.

How Do I Apply for a Solar Photovoltaic or EVSE Permit?

To see if you qualify for a streamlined "no fee" expedited permit click below.

If you do not qualify for an expedited Solar PV or EVSE, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Send a completed Electrical Permit Application with a pdf of your plans to building.safety@culvercity.org
  2. Staff will process the application and your plans will routed electronically to the appropriate departments.
  3. Staff will notify you via email with corrections or approval.
  4. If your scope of work includes scope that is not integral to your solar or EVSE work, you will receive an invoice of fees along with a link to our online payment portal.
  5. If your plans are approved staff will email the issued permit for electronic signature.  Permits must be signed by the contractor, property owner as owner/builder or agent for the contractor or property owner. Contractors will be required to have a current Culver City business license.
  6. Once we have received the signed permit, we will send the approved/stamped plans to you via email.

How Do I Submit Plans for Review via Drop Off?

  1. Complete the permit application for the specified scope of work: 
  2. Please be sure to provide a contact name, phone number and email address.
  3. Wrap the completed application(s) around the required number of plans and drop in the bin labeled "Building Safety Drop Off" located outside of our offices on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Plans are accepted for drop off from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Thursday and open Fridays.
  4. Staff monitors the drop box daily and generally processes the application(s) within 24-48 hours in the order they are received. 

  5. Staff will process the application(s) and you will receive an email with invoice of plan check fees along with a link to our online payment portal.

  6. Once the payment has been processed, you will receive and email confirmation of payment and a subsequent email verifying that your plans have been routed to the appropriate departments.

Please Note:  All plan checks are running approximately 15-20 business days from date of payment and routing.  ONCE THE REVIEW IS COMPLETE STAFF WILL NOTIFY THE APPLICANT

How Do I Submit Resubmittals, Revisions and Addendums?

  1. Bring the required number of resubmittal, revision or addendum sets along with a detailed narrative of either correction responses or changes and drop in the bin labeled “Building Safety Drop Off” located outside of our offices on the 2nd floor of City Hall.  Drop off of plans is available from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Thursday, and open Fridays.
  2. Plans and applications will sit for approximately 48-72 hours for sanitization prior to processing.
  3. Staff will process the application(s) and you will receive an email verifying that your plans have been routed to the appropriate departments.
  4. Some minor revision/addendums may be handled digitally. Please email building.safety@culvercity.org with a summary of the changes and a pdf copy of the existing approved plan sheet and updated sheet.

Please Note:  All plan checks are running approximately 15-20 business days from the date of payment and routing.

How Do I Pick Up My Plan Check Corrections?

  1. A correction list will be sent out by email only when all departments have completed their review. Please follow the directions in your email notification.
  2. To pick up the plans you must email building.safety@culvercity.org, include “Request Plan Pick Up” and permit number in your subject line. Let us know what day you would like to pick up.
  3. Staff will arrange for the plans to be place outside in our pick up bin labeled “Building Safety Correction Pick Up” located outside of our offices on the 2nd floor of City Hall.  The plans will be labeled with the plan check number and property address. Pick up of plans is available from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Thursday and open Fridays.

What Should I Expect Once My Plans have been Approved?

  1. Building Safety staff will notify you of approved plans and will send the invoice of fees with a link to our online payment portal.
  2. We will require that you provide us with your contractor's name, state license number, Culver City business license, phone number and email. Contractors will be required to have a current Culver City business license.
  3. Once the payment has been processed, the issued permit will be sent back for electronic signature and must be signed by the contractor, property owner as owner/builder or agent for the contractor or property owner. Contractors will be required to have a current Culver City business license.
  4. Once Building Safety receives the signed permit, we will contact you to coordinate a time to pick-up the plans from the “Building Safety Issued Plan Pick-Up” bin located outside our offices on the 2nd floor of City Hall.  The plans will be labeled with the permit number and property address. Plans are available for pick up 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Thursday and open Fridays.
     

Requirements for the Sale of a Property

Application for Report of Building Records

Smoke Detector Requirements for Resale of a Property

Earthquake Gas Shutoff Valve Requirement in New and Existing Buildings

General Handouts and Informative Documents

    

 

Certified Access Specialists (CASp)   

Certified Access Specialist (CASp)

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS FOR BUSINESS LICENSE AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS

Applicants for commercial building permits are encouraged to take advantage of California Access Specialists (CASp) inspection services, state and federal programs for assistance with access compliance and access expenditures, federal and state legal requirements of accessibility for individuals with disabilities. 

AB-3002-Notice(PDF, 121KB)

List of Certified Access Specialists (CASp)

California Commission on Disability Access - Resources

 

  

 

Electrification REACH Codes

In January 2020, the City of Culver City kicked off the policy development process to explore local building energy efficiency and electrification reach codes. The proposed regulations aim to reduce carbon emissions associated with building construction, lower operating costs, as well as improve indoor air quality and safety of the City’s building stock through electrification. 

Reach Code Timeline and Community Engagement

We want to hear from you! The City is currently seeking feedback from the community on proposed reach code policies for new residential and new non-residential construction.

You can watch a recording of any of the three community meetings.

 

Background

Every three years, the State of California adopts new building code standards that are codified in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, also known as the California Building Standards Code. While the State sets the minimum building standards, local jurisdictions can adopt more stringent local building standards (Reach Codes) based on unique local climatic, geologic, and topographic conditions.

Culver City has long been a regional leader in sustainability initiatives. The city adopted its first Mandatory Green Building Program in 2009 and in 2020 phase one of the reach code went into effect. The requirements reach beyond State requirements related to light pollution reduction, water use, construction waste reduction enhancement, shower facilities for bike parking, and defensible space in wildland-urban interface areas.

Building Electrification and Reach Codes

What are the benefits of building electrification?

  • Enhanced Resiliency: solar panels and batteries during power outages, avoids gas line dangers, such as leaks or explosions.

  • Increased Indoor Air Quality: avoids combustion from gas stovetops and heaters, gas appliances release formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide.

  • Long-Term Cost-Savings: Electric appliances can have a high upfront cost, but research shows it is worth it in the long run. Homes with electric appliances are likely to save money.E3’s “Residential Building Electrification in California,” examines costs, savings, and emissions for electric and gas appliances. E3 found that building electrification would deliver lifecycle cost savings for most home types in the study area.


What financing, rebates and incentives exist for electrification?

  • Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development Program (BUILD): The Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program is a residential building decarbonization program. BUILD provides incentives and technical assistance to support the adoption of advanced building design and all-electric technologies in new, low-income all-electric homes.

  • TECH Initiative: TECH Clean California is a $120 million initiative designed to help advance the state’s mission to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Provides comprehensive guidance on product incentives, pilots, workforce development and training opportunities and local and state policies that impact the market.

  • California Electric Homes Program – CalEHP: CalEHP Program is currently under development, not yet accepting applications. Program will provide incentives for the construction of all-electric market-rate residential buildings. Program will provide incentives for installation of energy storage systems to encourage deployment of near-zero-emission building technologies.

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): PACE Funding is a way for homeowners to borrow money for energy projects and spread the cost over a long period of time.

  • Go Green Financing: An official State of California initiative, GoGreen Financing provides easy access to private financing with exceptional terms and qualified professional contractor services.