Building & Safety

Building & Safety

Community Development Counter Closed to Public Effective March 18

To slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Irvine is taking precautionary measures to help protect the public.  Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Irvine City Hall and the Community Development Counter will be closed to the public. City staff will be available via telephone and email. Community Development services will continue to be offered online as outlined below. 

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we strive to deliver great service while protecting the health of our customers, our staff, and the general public.  Although we will work to be as responsive as possible during this transition, please allow additional time for plan review, permit issuance and other Community Development Services. 

Please view a comprehensive list of how to conduct business with the City during this time.

Precautionary Protocols for Building and Grading Inspections




Monday, April 15, 2019 
Building and Safety launches SelectTXT.
SelecTXT allows customers to schedule inspections and obtain inspection results by phone.

 Simply send a text message*  to (833) 812-8099.

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Mission Statement: To protect and enhance the physical environment by ensuring that all construction within the City complies with adopted codes, and that permitting systems are efficient and meet the needs of the public.

The City of Irvine operates a high quality Building and Safety program. We place priority on providing you with a high level of efficiency and service. To enhance efficiency, we use an automated permit system. We attempt, whenever possible, to help you solve your building and safety related problems. Your feedback on our service is welcome, as it is a means to help us identify problem areas and improve our service.

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NOTE: The City of Irvine Municipal Code restricts construction activities to the hours of 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. Construction activities are prohibited on Sundays and Federal Holidays. Construction activities in public right-of-way are not permitted unless inspections are arranged in advance. Please check with the appropriate inspection supervisor in advance of any of these days for which inspection or work to in public right of way is desired.

Contact Building and Safety by calling 949-724-6470