About the Building Division

The Building Division of the Community Development Department exists to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community by ensuring that the buildings and structures which comprise our built environment are safe, efficient, sustainable and affordable. The Building Division accomplishes this through three inter-related activities:

  1. Plan Review
  2. Construction Inspection
  3. Permit Record Administration

Plan Review

Through plan review, staff evaluates projects to ensure compliance with federal, state, county and local statutes. Plans, calculations, details and technical data are examined to assess compliance with regulatory standards that are intended to address the effects of seismic activity, environmental exposure to severe weather, fire hazards, and other life-safety considerations. Additionally, energy efficiency, accessibility to individuals with physical challenges, structural design and resiliency are compared to established minimum standards before plans can be approved.

Construction Inspection Process

The construction inspection process provides an opportunity for the Building Division's certified inspection team to examine projects at all stages of construction. Any deviations from the approved plans, or conflicts with applicable codes and standards must be corrected before the inspector will allow a project to proceed. Once code compliance is obtained, the inspection progress continues up to the final inspection and then to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. 


Through detailed permit record administration, the Building Division maintains an accurate history of all approved construction throughout the community. Basic information is kept regarding all legally constructed buildings, which are ever constructed, altered, remodeled or demolished under a validly issued permit.

view building permit records

View all past completed Building Permits.

Citizen Portal

Access the Citizen Portal for more information.

building board of appeals 

On April 20, 2021, the Yorba Linda City Council adopted Resolution No. 2021-5743 authorizing the establishment of a Building Board of Appeals. The City of Yorba Building Board of Appeals' function is to consider and decide appeals to the application and interpretation of the technical (non-administrative) provisions of the adopted building codes made by the City of Yorba Linda. The procedures for the Board's hearing of appeals generally shall be applied as described in the Board's adopted Operating and Hearing procedures. Where not directly discussed therein, the Board shall operate in compliance with the procedures outlined in Appendix B - Building Board of Appeals of the 2019 California Building Code.

Building Board of Appeals Hearing Agenda - June 2, 2021

Establishment of Operating and Hearing Procedures for Yorba Linda Board of Appeals - Staff Report