COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Building & Safety


Beginning Monday November 23, 2020, the One Stop Shop will continue to provide development services but will be closed to the public until further notice. To additionally combat the spread of the virus, a significant reduction of our workforce is in place to maximize social distancing within City facilities.  Although we will work to be as responsive as possible, additional time is needed to process applications, perform plan review, and provide field inspection services. Please anticipate some delay in the development process as we continue to respond to this crisis.

Beginning October 8, 2020, customers are highly encouraged to submit permit applications, make payments, monitor project status and complete the plan review process remotely using the new Public Permit Portal. We encourage you to call our One Stop Shop with any questions. Stay safe, save time, and save money utilizing the City’s online resources.

Existing Projects: Existing permit applications under review and utilizing a paper plan format may drop off resubmittals at City Hall in accordance with this policy or by visiting the One Stop Shop when open to the public. Existing projects in ePlan will continue electronically and may not be converted to paper. 

Permits that are ready to issue may occur remotely by contacting B&S staff in accordance with established procedures. You may also obtain permits in person by visiting the One Stop Shop during business hours when open to the public.

New Projects: Beginning October 8, 2020, all new permit applications (with or without building plan review) are highly encouraged to register and utilize the new Public Permit Portal.

Also note that existing permit and plan check applications will continue to remain valid with expiration dates extended 180 days beyond the lifting date of the declared emergency, when occurs. This does not include parcel and tract map approvals, which are subject to the Subdivision Map Act of the State of California.

Building Inspections: projects with issued permits will continue to receive inspection services while practicing safety measures in compliance with State Guidelines and City policy.

Please contact the Building & Safety Division by calling (951) 826-5800 for further information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Paper Plan Submittals

New Online Public Permit Portal - Effective Thursday, October 8, 2020



The Building & Safety Division exists to protect the built environment while providing responsive professional services that facilitate development in the City. We advise on construction related laws, codes and standards, local building ordinances and the City’s development process. The Division collects fees and issues building permits, performs plan reviews and conducts building inspections, ensuring construction in the city is safe, accessible and code compliant. Building & Safety also supports the City’s emergency preparedness and disaster response efforts that impact buildings, ensuring the habitability and safe occupancy of structures in the City.


On an annual basis, the Division issues approximately 6,000 building permits, services over 20,000 customers and completes over 50,000 building inspections in support of the City’s continued growth, helping you BUILD Riverside.


Enabling timely construction projects that result in a safe, sustainable and well-built environment.

Mission Statement

To protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents and visitors through the equitable enforcement of building standards, which serve to safeguard our built environment, ensure sustainable facilities and enhance the quality of place for our community.


News & Highlights

New 2019 California Building Codes Adopted and Effective January 1, 2020

New Operational Hours for the One Stop Shop, effective October 6, 2020

AB 3002 Notice - Disabled Access Requirements & Resources

AB 3002 - Translation in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Other Languages


Did You Know?

Garage Doors - SB 969: To ensure that California residents can safely and expeditiously evacuate their residence during an unplanned emergency, this law requires the manufacturers of automatic garage door openers sold in the state on or after July 1, 2019 to include a backup battery. The law also prohibits any person, corporation or entity from installing a residential automatic garage door opener without a backup battery on or after this date. Recent fires in the state have proven that emergency escape through a dwellings garage is needed when power is out to help prevent entrapment of occupants.