Building & Safety 

Duties & Responsibilities
The Building and Safety Division is responsible for the:
  • Reviewing building plans
  • Issuing of permits
  • Serving the public at the Building Counter
  • Inspecting building projects
  • Investigating complaints
  • Ensuring building code compliance
Plan Checks
Plan checks makes sure a project meets code requirements and is safe before construction starts. It does so by processing permits and reviewing code compliance for structural, architectural, grading, and fire safety as shown on submitted plans. This service saves the builder from costly mistakes that could be made during construction and lends the additional expertise of a construction professional to the project. The Plan Check Division is proud of its quality and timely processing of all construction documents.


Inspections ensure that the work conforms to the permit, local codes, and the submitted plans. This is an additional protection for the consumer since it provides a check that the contractor is following the project guidelines.

Importance of Building Standards
The Building and Safety Division ensures the health and welfare of the residents of Rancho Santa Margarita by regulating the construction, use, and occupancy of buildings. It continues a tradition that can be traced through recorded history for over 4,000 years in which people have become increasingly aware of their ability to avoid the catastrophic consequences of building construction failure.

In early America, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson encouraged the development of building regulations that would ensure health and safety. Today's codes are possible because of their efforts and the collaboration of building code officials and key segments of the construction industry. The City's Building and Safety Division ensures that the standards set by these codes for construction are met through plan review, permit issuance and on-site inspections.