News & Highlights

Developer Fees Levied by Bellflower Unified School District

Effective May 10, 2016, prior to being issued a building permit for projects within the boundaries of the Bellflower Unified School District, all developers must obtain and present to a certificate of compliance from Bellflower United School District.   Please contact Sulema Holguin at 562-866-9011 ext. 2141 for information or see the link to the letter provided by the Bellflower Unified School District.

Click here to see BUSD Document and Fees 2023.

New Building Codes Effective January 2020

Every three years, the State of California adopts new and/or updated model codes. The California Building Standards Commission has established January 1, 2020 as the effective date for the implementation of the 2019 California Building Standards Code (aka, the CA Codes or Title 24). Any plans or permit applications submitted on this date or after will be required to comply with the 2019 CA Codes. 

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Information

As of July 1, 2011, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate Bill 183) requires owners of all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide detectors within the home by July 1, 2011. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1, 2013 to comply with the law.

Voluntary Self-Certification Plan Check Program

This program was adopted by the City Council on April 27, 2015, and will allow registered design professionals the option of bypassing the City’s normal plan check procedure, and obtain building permits the same day! In order to participate in the program, applicants must be registered, and be in good standing as a Licensed Design Professional with the State of California. 

  • For a project to be accepted for Self-Certification, the Licensed Design Professional is required to furnish the Building Official a Certificate of Professional Liability Insurance, issued by an insurer authorized to insure in the State of California. The amount of required coverage will be reasonably determined by the City Manager or his designee, which is typically a minimum of $1,000,000, but not less than the valuation of the permitted project.
  • A Self-Certification form and a “hold harmless” letter must be completed in its entirety and submitted for each project by the design team and the property owner. 
  • The Licensed Design Professional who intends on filing a Self-Certification application shall provide documentation to the Building Official demonstrating final approvals of any applicable City Divisions/Departments, such as Planning, Public Works, and Engineering prior to issuance of a permit.  That Licensed Design Professional shall also provide documentation to the Building Official with appropriate approvals of any applicable “outside” agency.  Those outside agencies include, but are not limited to, the following: Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Health Department, school districts, air quality management districts, and the Los Angeles County Sanitation District.

For more information, contact Brandon Borzi of the Bellflower Building and Safety Division at (562) 804-1424, ext. 2006.