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Functions of Engineering Public Works Inspectors

Engineering Public Works Inspectors monitor the work for private development projects, encroachments into the public right-of-way, and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). When Grading, Encroachment, Construction, and Landscape & Irrigation Permits are issued, they are assigned to the City’s Engineering Public Work Inspector team for oversight. The Engineering Public Works Inspectors' area of responsibility includes inspection of work involving grading, site drainage, storm drains, retaining walls, public sanitary sewer & water facilities, dry utilities, curb & gutter, sidewalk, paving, bridge construction, traffic signals, street lighting, traffic sign & striping, temporary traffic control, public buildings, and construction materials.

Engineering Public Works Inspectors also oversee the activities of the owner/builder and/or general contractor, along with the geotechnical engineers & geologists, design civil engineers, survey parties, archaeologists, paleontologists and all other professionals associated with the permitted project. The inspectors work closely with the City's Planning, Building, and Utility Divisions, and other outside agencies, such as, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Department of Fish and Game, Coastal Commission, Orange County Fire Authority, and Cal/OSHA during the course of both permitted and CIP work activities.

Engineering Inspection Requests

Inspection Requests are made in either of the following ways:


The preferred method of requesting Engineering Inspections is “Online” over this web site. The benefits to scheduling your inspections online are:

Inspection requests are accepted until MIDNIGHT the day before the inspection
You receive a confirmation email
You can view other online services, such as inspection results and permit status

Please go to this link ONLINE INSPECTION REQUEST now to set up your engineering inspections, and follow the user-friendly directions.


Call (949) 361-3366, ext. 9002. Have your permit number and the inspection code available. Inspection codes can be found on the job card issued with the permit, or the yellow flyer available at the public counter. Follow the prompts on the phone line. With the Automated Permit System, you can:

Schedule Inspections
Reschedule Inspections
Cancel Inspections
View Plan Check Status
View Inspection Results


No work required of any Engineering permit can start without first setting up and completing a Preconstruction Meeting. To set up this meeting, use either of the two inspection request methods above, and then make this request directly with the inspector at (949) 361-6124 (Jeff Ferrier) or (949) 361-6123 (Dan Lowrie) to insure the meeting can be set. Preconstruction meetings will be calendared when all required parties attending the meeting can be coordinated to attend.

Inspection Related Information:
Pre-Grade Meeting Information
A Basic Guideline of When to Call for an Engineering Inspection
Project Inspection Check List
Some Items of Concern to Avoid Stoppage of all Work and Inspections
Minimum Items Needed/Completed Prior to Engineering Final Release

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