Building Department

Building Code
The 2012 International Building Codes became effective for all construction in the unincorporated areas of the County on September 1, 2013. Read the ordinance online now.

The Santa Cruz County Building Code regulates the use, occupancy, location and quality of materials used in construction. Our purpose is to safeguard life, limb, health, property and the public welfare through plan reviews and inspections of buildings and structures as required by our County Code.

Mission Statement
To consistently provide plan review and inspection information and services in a professional, fair, courteous, timely and effective manner to builders, developers and homeowners who do construction within the lawfully designated unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County where the building code applies.

Division Goals & Objectives
Provides inspection, plan review and investigative services to unincorporated areas of the county and also to those cities that have entered into intergovernmental agreements (IGA) with the county to provide building code services.
Provides plan review and inspection services for county construction projects
Maintains and administers the County's adopted building codes

Solar Permits

Solar Permits require stamped engineering for gravity and uplift loads