Building Inspections

What is the process?

Schedule Inspection

A contractor or permit-holder schedules the applicable inspection(s) for a construction project, identified by its permit number.  All inspection requests must be received no later than 5 pm the day before requested inspection date.

There are four ways to schedule an inspection. 


  1. Use the Department of Planning and Building’s Citizen Self-Service (CSS) portal to schedule a building inspection online.
  2. Submit an online Schedule a Building Inspection form below.
  3. Call (805) 788-6602
  4. Email [email protected]


How to Schedule a Building Inspection on Citizen Self-Service (CSS):


Schedule a Building Inspection
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Inspections in the remote areas of the county take place on the following days:
  • Oak Shores - Monday, Wednesday or Friday
  • Running Deer Ranch - Tuesday or Thursday
  • California Valley or Cuyama - Wednesdays Only
The inspector will call you the morning of your inspection to provide a 2-hour time frame. We will do our best to accommodate any requests.
Example: gate code, aggressive dogs, etc. (500 character limit)
Enter security code:
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Inspector Assigned

An inspector is assigned and the contractor or permit-holder is provided with a two-hour window in which the inspection will occur for each scheduled inspection.

Inspection Performed

The inspector performs the inspection and provides the results to the contractor or permit-holder.

Who can use this service?

Anyone with a valid county construction permit or grading permit can schedule an building inspection.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.

When and where is this service offered?

All portions of a project that require a permit are required to be inspected before the work is covered or concealed. Inspections can be scheduled at any time using the Department's Citizen Self-Service (CSS) portal or by calling (805) 788-6602. Inspections can be scheduled for Monday through Friday, with the following exceptions:

Building Inspection Availability in Select Areas
Area Availability
Oak Shores/Interlake Road Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only
Running Deer/Chimney Rock Tuesday and Thursday only
California Valley/Cuyama Wednesday only

Frequently Asked Questions


Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services

Preview of Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services (CSS Portal)

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