Building Staff Directory
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Building Official (and Director of Public Works)
      Permits / Fees


Building Department

Our staff handles plan reviews, permits, and building and housing inspections. The department ensures that construction on new or remodeled buildings within the City limits meet or exceed current codes and provide a safe environment for the community.

Business License Required for Contractors

If you are hiring a contractor to work on you home, be sure to contact this department to be sure the contractor has a local license. All contractors working in Ripon must have a license registered with the City (an out of town license in not sufficient.)

Building Inspections

The Building Inspection Division of the Public Works Department is overseen by the Director of Pubic Works\Building Official. The department is staffed with a Chief Building Inspector and one Building Inspector. All of the Department staff are ICBO Certified Inspectors.

The Building Department’s primary responsibility is to ensure safety to life and property from all hazards incidental to the design, erection, repair, removal, demolition or use and the occupancy of building, structures or premises through the enforcement of City zoning regulations and state and local building codes.

Permit Processing

The Building Department process applications, collect permit fees, appropriate development fees, and issue building permit for various residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects within the City of Ripon.

Plan Review

The Building Department reviews plans to insure that the building structure, electrical mechanical, plumbing, handicap accessibility, and energy usage is in compliance with all state and city adopted construction codes. Residential and light commercial plans are checked in-house and heavy commercial and industrial are sent out to professional plan check services.


The Building Department is responsible for inspecting the construction of all new and existing structures for conformity with approved plans and permits and for compliance with state and local building code requirements. A total of 2,815 inspections was preformed last year.

Housing Inspection

The Department enforces minimum standards of the uniform housing codes for existing residential building to safeguard life, liability, health, property and public welfare of conduction health and safety inspections and responding to tenant complaints.


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Contact Us

Ripon City Hall

259 N. Wilma Avenue
Ripon, CA 95366

Phone: (209) 599-2108
Fax: (209) 599-2685

Building Department

Phone: (209) 599-2613
Fax: (209) 599-2183


Office Hours:

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Thursday


E-mail to City Hall:

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Building Inspection Recorder

All inspection requests must
be phoned in to this number:

Building Permits Issued

For questions on this report, contact Sarah at 599-2613.