Important Update:


COVID-19       Update Click here for links to the latest information.


Info. on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic City Hall and the Building Counter is currently closed to the public. The Building & Safety Division has implemented online procedures to help facilitate the issuance of building permits and inspections.

Online Application & Building Plan Submittal Procedures 

View today's Daily Inspection Schedule to see the approximate time the inspector will arrive to conduct your scheduled inspection. 

Permit Application (PDF)
Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF)

City Manager Declaration of Emergency-City of National City, Development Services, Engineering & Fire Department


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the City Manager has declared a temporary emergency change to N.C.M.C. Section 15.08.040. This action will be to provide relief to residents and businesses regarding expired building permits.  

Effective March 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020, the following temporary modifications are being made to the currently adopted N.C.M.C. Section 15.08.040.

  • Any and all building permits which were obtained during the time period noted above shall now be extended for an additional period of 6 months.Permits are currently valid for a period of 12 months; this will extend the validity of said permits to 18 months.

This change was ratified by the National City Council on May 5, 2020.  Permit extension fees associated with this program will be waived.  All other requirements as specifically called out in N.C.M.C Section 15.08.040 shall still apply.


Contact Information

1243 National City Boulevard
National City, CA. 91950-4301

To schedule an inspection, please call the Building Inspection Line : 
(619) 336-4363

Building Department: (619) 336-4210

New Homes Under ConstructionThe Building Department protects the public’s health and safety by reviewing each building project for conformance with the requirements of adopted codes and by providing applicants with comprehensive direction on needed plan modifications.  The Division also performs periodic inspections of all building projects to confirm construction is in accordance with approved plans and applicable codes and standards.



Info. Guide for Plan Checks, Bldg. Permits, and Inspections (PDF)

Building Permit Application (PDF)

Development Services Construction & Demolition Waste Diversion Form (PDF)

Construction & Demolition Debris Conversion Rate Table (XLS)

Building Department Fees (PDF)

Development Impact Fees (PDF)

The City Council approved a new User Fee Schedule on October 2, 2018 and a Revised Fee Schedule on May 21, 2019.  
fees are effective on July 31, 2019. 
To view the new Building, Engineering, and Planning dept. fees click here (pdf).


The City of National City uses the 2019 California Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy, Fire, Residential and Green Codes.

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