Building Inspections

The City uses inspections to ensure that the work being done for you is of high quality and meets safety guidelines. You will have access to the expertise of the code official to help you with questions or concerns regarding the project and to ward off potentially costly mistakes. The inspector will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project. Inspections are made during certain points in the project, depending on the work that's being performed. Having inspections is important because they help to ensure that each phase of the project is following the approved plan.

Scheduling an Inspection
Building inspections are conducted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., excluding federal holidays. Please remember that you are responsible for calling us for inspections at specific times during construction, although you may have your contractor make the call. As the property owner, it is your responsibility to make sure the inspections are made. If you would like to schedule a building inspection, please call our inspection line at 949-635-1800, ext. 6100 and leave the following information:
  • Project address
  • Project number
  • Contact name
  • Telephone number
  • Type of inspection
  • Preference for a morning or afternoon inspection
Inspection Times
Inspections in the morning are generally conducted between 9 a.m. - Noon. Afternoon inspections are generally conducted between 1 - 4 p.m. Morning and afternoon inspection requests are not a guaranteed time, but a service goal established by the Building and Safety Division to serve the residents and business owners of Ranch Santa Margarita. Inspection requests received after 6 a.m. will be inspected on the following business day.

Inspection Requirements

Permission for the inspector to access the job site for each inspection must be provided in person at the site or in writing. The job set of the approved plans and job card must be present in order to perform your inspection. If the project site cannot be accessed or if you do not have the plans and/or job card, please contact the Building Inspector at 949-635-1800, ext. 6106 or the Permit Counter at 949-635-1800, ext. 6101 for information.

Confirming Your Inspection

Customarily, building inspectors respond to inspection requests from the contractor or builder and will not visit a site without an appointment. Since inspectors will only visit your job site when requested, it is very important that you ensure that the inspection requests are made in a timely manner to assure the work is being performed correctly before starting the next stage. If an inspection is conducted after the fact, there is always the risk of costly mistakes being made or improper work being done that could lead to expensive repairs that result in further delay of your project.

You may also confirm whether you are on today’s inspection run list by calling 949-635-1800, ext. 6100 after 9 a.m. This will provide you with a list of inspections scheduled for that day, in no particular order. You may also view the Most Recent Inspection List (PDF) online.