Inspection Services

Contractors or owners request inspections at key stages of construction (e.g., prior to pouring concrete, affixing drywall, etc.) to verify compliance. Satisfactory completion of the job results in occupancy being approved and connection of utilities authorized.

The City of Long Beach is divided into two inspection categories: Residential and Commercial. Each residential and commercial inspection area has an inspector who is responsible for working with you to identify and resolve building and inspection issues.

Inspectors work throughout the City in the field inspecting buildings and structures to ensure that compliance is met for electrical, plumbing, mechanical and building safety issues. Each inspector has extensive training and certification and is well informed in identifying electrical, plumbing, mechanical and building safety issues to help you construct a successful building project.

We can work together to effectively construct safe buildings that add to the vitality of our dynamic City. All of our inspectors are very interested in providing assistance to you on your building project and are ready to work with you!

Learn ways in which you can work together with your inspector to know what to expect during an inspection. Learn more about inspections with Inspection FAQs.

Inspection Request Hotline (562) 570-6105

    Beginning March 26, 2007, all inspection requests must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to the requested inspection day.

    The change in time for when an inspection can be requested will enable the inspectors to better organize their day, respond quicker to customer’s needs for an approximate time of the requested inspection and expedite the inspector’s ability to be on the job sites performing inspections.

    3:01 p.m. Thursday through 3:00 p.m. Friday Monday
    3:01 p.m. Friday through 3:00 p.m. Monday Tuesday
    3:01 p.m. Monday through 3:00 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday
    3:01 p.m. Tuesday through 3:00 p.m. Wednesday Thursday
    3:01 p.m. Wednesday through 3:00 p.m. Thursday Friday

    An inspection may be requested by any of the following methods:

    • Call the 24-hour Inspection Request Line at (562) 570-6105.
    • Call the Call Center Staff between 7:30 am - 4:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday at (562) 570-6651.
    • Call the Call Center Staff between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on Wednesday at (562) 570-6651.
    • Request an inspection with any of the Building Bureau Counter Staff while working with them.
    • Request an inspection with an inspector when having a conversation with him/her.
      (Please do not leave a recorded message on the inspector’s phone requesting an inspection.)
    • Using City forms, a request may be faxed to (562) 570-6753.

Staff Contact:
Loren Patten - Residential Inspections
(562) 570-6451
Ray Woolhether - Commercial Inspections (562) 570-6287
Mike Duerr - All Other Inspections (562) 570-6473 

Garage Inspection Program
For more information about the Garage Inspection Program, please visit the Neighborhood Services website here

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