Building Division

Effective February 1, 2023, Building inspection requests will only be accepted online via the Building Department's Maintstar Portal. 

There will no longer be an inspection request phone line.

Those who wish to request an inspection must create a Mainstar account using the following link:  MAINTSTAR


The Building Division is responsible for the application and administration of State and local building regulations. These minimum standards are designed to safeguard life, health, property, and the public welfare by regulating the design and construction of all buildings and structures within the City of La Mesa.

The Building Division provides a full range of plan review, permit processing, and code compliance inspection services for all residential and commercial development within the City.

Homeowners and builders are encouraged to seek out more information by contacting the Building Division at 619.667.1176 or visiting the permit counter:

City Hall
8130 Allison Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942

Maintstar Permit Portal

The City is now accepting applications and plans electronically. Please visit our Maintstar Permit Portal. Once an account is created, you may apply for a permit, submit plans, receive permit invoices, schedule inspections and check permit status all 100% online. 

Building Division Forms
AB-3002 (State Disability Access Requirements Information)
Construction Permit Application Fillable
Plan Review Submittal Guidelines
Special Inspection and Off-Site Fabrication Forms

Lead Safety
If you are working on homes, schools, or day care centers built before 1978, you must be EPA Lead-Safe Certified.

Visit the County of San Diego Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to help protect your family from lead poisoning.

Useful Resources
Construction and Demolition Recycling
Storm Water Appendix A Checklist
Construction Storm Water Management Plan Form
Post-Construction BMP Plan Form