Building and Safety 

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The goal of the Building Department is to protect the public safety and welfare of its citizens by the adoption of minimum code standards to be required and enforced throughout the incorporated areas of the City of Shafter. Structures must meet applicable City, State, and Federal building code requirements.

The Building Departments is responsible for issuing building permits and performing building inspections.

Building Standards Information & Disability Access Requirements 

2018-19 Legislative Changes  
Effective January 1, 2019, the State of California enacted AB 3002, “Disability Access Requirements: Information”. Under federal and state law, the Act requires local jurisdictions to provide information regarding compliance with disability access provisions to applicants for commercial building permits and business licenses.

The AB 3002 Business License, Building Permit Notice is available in the following translations:

Special Inspection Program and Overview 

Chapter 17 of the California Building Code requires specific materials, installations, fabrication, erection, or placement of certain components and connections to be inspected by a certified special inspector in addition to the inspections performed by a City building inspector.

Registration Program

Effective May 2018, all special inspections performed within the City of Shafter will be performed only by special inspectors approved by the City.

How to Become an Approved Special Inspector

Mail Special Inspector Applications, supporting documents and payment to:
City of Shafter
C/O Building Department
336 Pacific Avenue,
Shafter CA 93263
Please allow 5-7 business days for processing. Note: Incomplete application packets will delay the review process. Online submittals will not be accepted.

Other Resources

Building Standards Information Bulletin

2018-19 Legislative Changes  
This information bulletin summarizes the 2018 legislative changes to state laws related to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) and state building standards. The statutory changes summarized in this bulletin become effective on January 1, 2019, unless otherwise specified in the statute. Detailed information on each bill can be viewed by selecting the hyperlink embedded in the bill heading. 

Building Standards Code Bulletin

Information on Obtaining City Addresses

For new residential subdivisions, the Building Department will provide you with the final approved list of addresses for your recorded lots. If you have any questions regarding the status of an address that needs to be created for your project, please contact the City Addressing Coordinator, Chris Schultz, at 661-746-5002. 

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