Building Department

2012 International Building Codes will become effective for all construction in the unincorporated areas of the County on September 1, 2013

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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.

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.

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