Building & Safety Division

Building & Safety Division

Electronic Plan Check

Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO)

Fuel Modification Plan Applicability Map

Residents should always call 811 before digging

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Building and Safety is a division of the Community Development Department. The Division provides the overall coordination of functions relative to building construction including: plan check; permit issuance (building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, green building, residential, and energy standards); building inspection and enforcement of state and local building codes. The City contracts with the County of Los Angeles to provide the employees and expertise to perform this function. You may download the initial worksheet for permit application here.

The City has adopted by reference, with certain exceptions, the 2017 Los Angeles County Building and 2017 Los Angeles County Fire codes. These codes are modified from the basic statewide 2016 California Building and Fire codes. The augmented codes to be adopted are:

Title 26 - Building

Title 27 - Electrical

Title 28 - Plumbing

Title 29 - Mechanical

Title 30 - Residential

Green Building Standards: The City HAS ADOPTED THE 2016 statewide version of the CALGreen ordinance.

LCF Building Code


The City of La Cañada Flintridge does not accept credit cards. Personal or business checks are accepted.

For plan check you typically need TWO (2) complete sets of plans, structural calculations and energy reports.
  • A digital set of all plans on a Compact Disk is required.
  • A third set of architectural plans will be required upon issuing the building permit.

Building & Safety Counter Hours

 Monday 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 Tuesday 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 Wednesday 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 Thursday 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 Friday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Please submit plans for review no later than 10:30 AM

To schedule an inspection related to a current permit, please call (818) 790-8651.  Please call at least one working day prior to the inspection date requested.

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Please go to: for more information and for plan check submission.

What is electronic plan checkInstead of reviewing and approving construction documents on paper, Building and Safety will accept online submittal of plans and calculations in PDF format.  The review and approval process will take place digitally, and PDF files will be electronically transferred between parties using the internet.

What file types can I submitMulti-page PDF files will be the only file type accepted. PDF's can be readily produced by nearly all CAD programs and scanning software. Hand-drawn plans can be scanned into PDF files at most copy stores for a small fee.

Will I need to purchase any new softwareAny PDF viewer, including the free Adobe Reader, will be able to view the review comments made by Building and Safety's plan check engineers. Application and submittal processes are entirely web based, and will be compatible with all major internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Will my plan check time be expeditedElectronic plan check submittals will enter into the same plan check backlog as paper-based submittals.  However, you will be saving on driving time and will be able to download corrected or approved documents 24 hours a day.

How will I be notified of status changesOnce you register and submit a project, you will receive emails notifying you of all status changes.

What other Agencies will be using electronic plan checkBuilding and Safety is leading the way in implementing electronic plan check, but other Departmental agencies will be adopting the same system in the near future. For the short-term, they will be continuing with paper-based reviews.

Will I need to print any plansOnce your digital plans have been approved, you will need to print out a single, color set of plans to keep at the construction site. Your contractors and our inspectors will be working off of this jobsite set of plans.

Will I ever need to come to City HallInitially, the electronic plan check system will not be able to accept permit fees or provide signed permits, so you will need to visit City Hall when instructed by email.


The City of La Cañada Flintridge is a participant in the HERO Program. HERO is an acronym that stands for: Home Energy Renovation Opportunity.

Through partnership with the La Canada Flintridge, HERO is available to you as an affordable way to make energy efficient, water efficient, and renewable energy upgrades to your home. HERO offers low-fixed interest rates and flexible payment terms of up to 20 years, with repayments made through your property taxes. You can use HERO to finance energy efficient projects that can increase your property value, lower your monthly utility bills, make you more comfortable in your home and contribute to making your community more energy independent. HERO is available for a wide array of home energy products, such as the list below:

  • Windows, Skylights, & Doors
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
  • Solar Panels
  • Roofing & Insulation
  • Water Heating
  • Artificial Turf
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations


To find a HERO registered contractor in your area or to apply, call the HERO Hotline at 855-HERO-411 (855-437-6411) or visit:


The entire City of La Cañada Flintridge is designated as being within the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. This effects the requirements of the Building Code when applying for permits. It also means that the City follows the requirements of the Los Angeles County Fuel Modification Plan Guidelines within the mountainous areas of the City. The City has been divided into two fuel modification zones: in the following maps, the red lots are the area where the Guidelines must be followed; and the white lots are the area where the Guidelines DO NOT APPLY. The zones are depicted on the following two maps: the north half of the City and the south half of the City.


The City, urges residents to call 811 prior to any digging project. 

When calling 811, homeowners and professional contractors are connected with an area one-call center, which will then notify the appropriate underground utility companies of the intent to dig.  Professional locators are then sent to the requested dig site to mark the location of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.  Learn more about the 811 process, and what the flags and paint mean, by visiting Dig Alert

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces.  Every digging project no matter how large or small warrants a call to 811, and, it’s the law.  Visit Dig Alert to learn more.