Building Safety & Neighborhood Preservation Unit

COVID-19 Notice

The Building Safety Division and the Neighborhood Preservation Unit is now open to the public. We are open for walk-ins from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. Fridays are by appointment only.

To find out how to apply for a permit Online click on "Building Permits" for step by step instructions to submit your project/application electronically. 

For any questions or concerns, call 209-577-5232 extension 0 to speak with the Building Safety Staff.

Code enforcement officers are continuing to respond to complaints received from the community. For more information on reporting a violation click on the "Code Enforcement" tab.

Our Teams

  • Building Safety Inspections: This team schedules and conducts all Building Inspections, averaging over 5,000 inspections a month.
  • Building Permits: The Building and Development Services team can assist residents and developers with all building permits, including renewals and extensions.
  • City Building Codes: This team maintains all City building codes and standards.
  • Code Enforcement: The Code Enforcement team helps maintain and improve the quality of our community through awareness, education and enforcement.
  • Plan Reviews: All new construction projects in the City of Modesto must go through the Plan Review process.

Want to get your tenant improvement reviewed over the counter? Tenant Improvement information can be found on the Expedited Tenant Improvements web page.