Building Division

Ayla Jefferson, CBO, Building Official
(626) 570-5034
Building Division Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Plan Check Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm



The Building Division provides plan review and construction inspection services to enforce minimum safety standards by regulating and controlling design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, as well as location and maintenance of all buildings and structures. Building helps streamline the permit process by providing contractors and homeowners with an easy, step-by-step guide for completing the process. On large-scale projects, pre-construction coordination meetings are held with project managers and City staff who play a role in the construction process to help ensure a smooth running project. 


  • To request a building inspection, call (626) 570-3240. Requests must be made between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at least one day in advance.
  • Inspectors' office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Inspections are conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Call the Building Division at (626) 570-5034 on the day of your inspection to find out the time frame of your inspection. Schedules for inspections will be available after 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.


Building plans and permits are required for most residential, commercial, and industrial construction work on private property, whether new, added, remodeled, or altered. To determine if your project needs a permit, call (626) 570-5034.

Permits are required for the following types of work:

  • BUILDING CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING New structures and room additions, exterior stucco, interior remodeling, roofing, structural repairs, pools and spas, enclosure of a patio, replacement of windows, and any structural work
  • ELECTRICAL Installation, alteration, reconstruction or repair of electrical wiring
  • MECHANICAL Installation, alteration, reconstruction or repair of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment and duct work, and miscellaneous heating appliances
  • PLUMBING Piping, re-piping, new or replacement fixtures and devices, and swimming pool equipment
  • Expedited Solar Photovoltaic Permitting for One and Two Family Dwellings application


  • Contractor's Reports are required from any construction company performing work in Alhambra to verify that each subcontractor has a valid business license for the construction period, and that the current amount was paid for the business license tax bracket in which it falls.
  • The Finance Department (626-570-5021) handles the receipt of the Contractor's Report by the general contractor or owner-builder. The report should list all subcontractors hired for a particular construction site.
  • The verification process takes approximately two weeks to be completed and is required prior to finalizing a building permit.
  • If all subcontractors are licensed and no payment adjustment is needed, Building/Planning is notified. If subcontractors are not licensed or a payment adjustment is needed, the general contractor has the option to instruct the subcontractor to pay or pay for the subcontractors. 


  • Section 7031.5 California Business and Professional Code states that only properly licensed individuals or individuals specifically exempt (Section 7044) from the provisions of the Contractors State License Law shall be allowed to pull a permit for work regulated by code.
  • Owners who obtain construction permits must perform the work in a safe and professional manner, and must provide worker's compensation insurance for relatives and others working on the project even if they are not being paid. Worker's compensation requirements do not apply to the property owners living on the property and immediate family members who also live on the property. For more information on owner-builder risks and responsibilities, please visit

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What's the Status of the General Plan Update?

(Update as of March 19, 2018). You may have seen a notice in Around Alhambra indicating that the Draft General Plan Update and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be available for public review beginning March 23, 2018. However, the City and its consultant continue to refine both documents, and they will not be completed by this date. A new notice indicating a revised date for public review will be issued once the documents are ready. We anticipate that this will occur in the next couple of months and apologize for any inconvenience that this delay has caused. If you have already signed up for email notifications, you will be emailed when the documents are available for review. If you have not signed up and wish to be notified please send an email to: Please type “Request for Notification” in the subject line.


Interested in the anticipated timeline for the General Plan update process? Click here


  • Eco Fair: Informational Booth (Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Alhambra Park)
  • Kick-Off and Introduction: Joint Meeting of the City Council/Commissions/Boards (Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Granada Park Gym)
  • Community meeting to Introduce the Project and Identify Issues (May 20, 2015, Civic Center Library-Reese Hall)
  • 710 Day Celebration: Informational Booth (Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Valley/Fremont)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, June 28, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, July 19, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Community Meeting #2  (Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Alhambra Civic Center Library -Reese Hall)
  • Community Meeting #3 (Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Alhambra Civic Center Library- Reese Hall)



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