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The Building Department is responsible for administering and enforcing the California Building Codes and City Ordinances regulating construction activity. This involves the issuance of building permits, collection of fees, review and approval of construction plans, and providing building site inspections. In addition, the Department investigates complaints and conducts abatement for violations of the Citys housing and construction codes. The Department also reviews codes and provides customers with interpretations and directions on how to meet the Building Code requirements. The Department also ensures processing through other outside agencies for review and permitting, such as the Riverside County Fire Department, Coachella Valley Water District, utility providers, County Health Department, etc.
The Building Department is also responsible for enforcing State-mandated requirements such as handicap accessibility and energy conservation regulations.
To schedule all building inspections please call the Building Department Inspection Hotline at (760) 834-7790. Counter hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. excluding Holidays. All other inquires please call (760) 776-0230.
January Monthly Issued Permits Report
December Monthly Issued Permits Report
November Monthly Issued Permits Report
Complete plan submittals greatly assist the City of Indian Wells in providing efficient approvals and permitting. Please utilize the following standard correction listings to ensure that high quality plans are submitted to the City. These standard correction lists are used by City plan consultants to review compliance with current Building Codes.
Construction Without Permits
Building Permit Requirements
Vertical Construction General Submittal Checklist
Building Permit Application
Frequently Asked Questions
Residential Standard Correction List
Commercial Standard Correction List
Residential Plan Requirements
Solar Plan Requirements
Masonry Block Standards
Building Records Request Form
Requirements for Fire Pits, Fireplace and BBQ
BBQ Separation to Structure Detail
Special Notice - Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Senate Bill 183 (full text here) requires carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in nearly all dwelling units. For additional information, see this FAQ document by the California State Fire Marshal.
Verify State Licensing
Click on the appropriate license type below. All of the below listed require a license from the State of California.
Structural Pest Control Companies
Building Department Contacts
Community Development Director / Building Official
Building Inspector II
Building Inspector II
Building Technician II