Building Division

The Building & Safety Division issues building permits and performs plan checks.

We perform inspections on all building construction, additions, and alterations to assure compliance with the current City of Desert Hot Springs building codes, Riverside County ordinances, and State and federal laws.

For more information, please contact a Permit Technician at (760) 329-6411.

2022 California Building Code Adoption and Submittals Under the 2019 California Building Code

This Information Bulletin announces the publication of the 2022 California Building Standards Code, the effective date and application of the codes, availability, as well as enforcement responsibility. The 2022 California Building Standards Code, Title 24, California Code of Regulations (Title 24) was published on July 1, 2022.

Effective Date and Application of the 2022 California Building Standards Code

January 1, 2023, is the statewide effective date for the 2022 California Building Standards Code as established by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC). In accordance with California Health and Safety Code, Section 18938.5, all applications for building permits submitted on or after January 1, 2023, are subject to compliance with the 2022 California Building Standards Code.

The 2019 California Building Standards Code remains in effect and is applicable to all plans and specifications related to construction performed where the application for a building permit is received on or before December 31, 2022.

If you have any questions pertaining to building permit applications, please reach out to our Permit Technicians.

For a more detailed scope of the changes as well as affected code sections, please visit the Building Standards Commission website by clicking HERE

  • Daniel McVey, Permit Technician II


  • Jesus Lopez, Permit Technician




Risk Category I = 120 mph

Risk Category II = 130 mph

Risk Category III/IV = 140 mph


CRC/Residential = 130 mph

Wind Exposure: C

Seismic Zone: D

Live load: Equal to 20 Pounds

Snow load: Equal to 5 Pounds

Climate Zone: 15


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