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Building and Safety Division

The role of the Building Division is to enforce the provisions of the Building Code. The intent and purpose of the Building Code is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare, through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

The Building Division reviews construction documents and issues permits for the erection, and alteration, demolition and moving of buildings and structures, inspects the properties for which such permits have been issued and enforces the provisions of the Building Code.

The Building division also enforces city code violations that are blight issues or hazards that are seen by public view or reported to code enforcement. Personnel assigned to this program are responsible for investigating city code violations, seeking compliance via education and enforcement efforts up to and including civil/criminal prosecutions.

What is a violation?

Code Enforcement administers an enforcement program that investigates and corrects violations of the City's Municipal Codes that govern the use and maintenance of private, residential property and commercial property. Code Enforcement also investigates and conducts inspections involving vehicle abatement, blight and nuisance, weed abatement, unsafe, illegal or unlicensed construction or conversions, and illegal dumping.

Here are examples of some of the code violations that we investigate:

  • Vehicles parking in yards
  • Weeds and overgrown vegetation
  • Lot abatement
  • Trash Container Storage
  • Trash and Debris
  • Parking and Storage or Recreational Vehicles (RVs) and or trailers

What is not a violation?

Code Compliance does not handle neighbor disputes or civil problems involving one individual against another that do not violate public law. Examples of civil issues are fencing repair disputes; overhanging tree branches (when one neighbor's trees or plants drop leaves, debris or cause damage to another's property or fence); over-watering of lawns; and enforcement of private conditions, covenants and illegal dumping.

Building Inspector
Othon Mora
420 South Imperial Avenue
Imperial, California 92251
Office: (760) 355-1064
Fax: (760) 355-4718

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2013 California Codes
Check a Contractor License or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) Registration

Inspection Request at:

Telephone: (760) 355-1151
Form: Inspection Request Instructions
Online Inspection Request Form

Building Forms:
Imperial Building Application
Patio Cover Model - (Requirements Specifications)
Swimming Pool Demolition Procedure
New Residential Requirements
Room Addition Requirements
Work Exempt From Permit
Working with No Permit

Code Enforcement Forms and Documents:
Grass and Weeds Pamphlet

ADA Accommodation Barriel Removal Form

For other city forms, please click here or visit the City Form

Building Inspection Request Form
Inspection Schedule
Inspection Schedule
Report a Code Violation
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