The Ultimate Handyman helps you with all construction and remodeling code and ordinance compliance in Los Angeles.

The Ultimate Handyman specializes in correcting code issues in any building and construction.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Department Of Building & Safety

Disabled Accessibility

Health Department

Housing Authority

Housing Violations

Permits

Smoke Detectors

Traffic & Signage

Code compliance may be a very complex issue. We will communicate with inspectors, tradesmen, property owners and Government Regulatory Agencies in order to properly comply to any building code, city ordinance or overlapping code-issues. We work with Department of Building and Safety, Housing Authority, Fire Department, addressing and correcting compliance related issues from planning to certificate of occupancy and anything in between. We help customers navigate through the maze of rules including ADA compliance, earthquake reinforcements by code, condominium conversion compliance, specific trade codes and anything that has ever been written in a construction code book or city ordinances.  In one instance, our research staff has found rules that overrule rules, and not even the inspectors knew about it, we saved money to our clients and still complied by current codes and received the proper clearances to resume construction. It’s all about finding the right solution within existing code.

ADA Compliance

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Department Of Building & Safety

Disabled Accessibility

Health Department

Housing Authority

Housing Violations

Permits

Smoke Detectors

Traffic & Signage

 

We also provide building, repair and maintenance services with special attention to code compliance. Besides working for property owners that got caught by inspectors, we work for Architects, Designers, Management Companies and Facility Maintenance Professionals throughout the greater Los Angeles.

 

There are rules about digging, there are rules about where you can dig, there are rules about the minimum depth to burry something, there are rules of how to protect buried pipes, there are rules of how to dig and when shoring is required, and so on... This is on digging alone!

There are rules about digging, there are rules about where you can dig, there are rules about the minimum depth to burry something, there are rules of how to protect buried pipes, there are rules of how to dig and when shoring is required, and so on… This is on digging alone!

We help the best Nation-wide Companies become the best and maintain their good name on a local level.We also partner with National Maintenance and Construction Companies in order to help them to comply to local codes and ordinances for their local properties.  Even local Builders and Maintenance Companies consult us and hire our services to assure that their staff comply with codes, regulations and ordinances. That fact alone proves that we are good and affordable.

 

We consider State and Nation-Wide Construction, Maintenance and Management Companies our best partners. We are here to help, send your work order or copy of the violation notice and we will make the problem go away. It is that easy!

 

Are you up to code?

Are you up to code?

 

We are a Construction Company that also provides simpler Handyman services by professional specialized tradesmen on their own trades. We have professionals of every construction trade to assist you in the completion of any construction, repair, remodel, additions, installations, and maintenance projects. If you are looking for something slapped together, we are not it. We do it right and up-to-code.

Our craftsmen will perform an amazing job, you and the authorities will be 100% satisfied.

 

There is a reason for rules, codes, regulations and ordinances, usually is obvious why.

There is a reason for rules, codes, regulations and ordinances, usually it is obvious why. Sometimes it isn’t until it is too late. That is why you have to consult us first.

 

Building and housing codes are designed for your own safety, to protect your health and anyone else using a dwelling or business. Housing codes can be simple and intuitive, but sometimes code compliance can get really confusing and finding the rules can get complicated. Building codes are more specific and knowledge in construction is paramount in order to properly comply.

 

Housing violations can get especially difficult when complying requires the involvement of other government agencies, like the Department of Building and safety or Housing Authority.  We deal with interdepartmental violation and compliance. Many times one simple violation triggers a series of governmental agencies that can be a nightmare to deal with…

 

For Los Angeles residents, code compliance doesn’t need to be feared. The Ultimate Handyman can help you with specific building code violations, housing code violations, health code violations and any other governmental agencies that regulate, building, structures, habitability and safety.

 

We have contacts in the most important building departments in Los Angeles to help us and guide us when it comes to code enforcement, code compliance and code violations.

 

Los Angeles Code Enforcement officials are not out to get you. They are only making sure that everyone complies equally to the rules.  The Ultimate Handyman acts as a bridge to help property owners to find out about code compliance, before code enforcement shows up and hands you a code violation.

 

When preemptively hiring The Ultimate Handyman to help you with code compliance, by the time that Code enforcement officials show up at your door, they will be delighted to find a dwelling or business that is fully compliant to all the required codes, ordinances and rules on the book. We bring specific situations to their attention without raising red flags and address any possible violation without the deadlines and threats associated with code enforcement.

 

Also the Los Angeles Housing Department already has enough work in their hands dealing with thousands of slamlords in Los Angeles, they don’t need to spend more time writing notes of compliances, violation notices or requests to comply. Be proactive, find out what you have to do and handle all such situations beforehand and save yourself some money, time and aggravation.

 

Call us now and we will be glad to help.

 

 

We know the formula for success:

+ 1) Integrity, Respect, and Honesty on every relationship,

+ 2) Keeping your goals in mind with thoughtful decisions, ethical choices, superior craftsmanship,

+ 3) Utilizing our resourcefulness and responsiveness to achieve your goals

= Outstanding results and your Satisfaction.

Our company’s  main goal is to provide quality services at unbeatable prices to satisfy our clients.

We will get better at it daily as we learn your needs and learn to fulfill them as a partner.

Call us right now!

 

You may want something unique built, but if it doesn't follow current codes you will have a lot of hurdles  to overcome. The Ultimate Handyman will help at the Planning Department to bring your unique structure to code and still look like it was built way before the code book was written.

You may want something unique built, but if it doesn’t follow current codes you will have a lot of hurdles to overcome. The Ultimate Handyman will help at the Planning Department to bring your unique structure to code and still look like it was built way before the code book was written.

 

KEEP CONTRACTORS HONEST PROGRAM

Is your contractor playing a game of hide and seek with you? Hiding the work that he knows needs to be done and seeking extra payments when he “runs into it”? We can help you. On a daily basis we take on projects that contractors have evaluated for thousands of dollars and we have tackled them for a fraction of the price. All done on a time and materials basis. We are a different kind of company, click values on the nav bar and compare with what your contractor is doing. It is a no Brainer. Call us and give us a chance to prove our value. You will be firing your contractor and never looking back.

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Did I mention that we build it too?

Did I mention that we build it too?

IMPORTANT LOCAL CITY ORDINANCES:

CITY OF LOS ANGELES

 

WATER CONSERVATION

L. A. MUNICIPAL CODE SEC. 122.03

All toilets must be Ultra low-flush (1.6 gallons; 6 liters per flush).

All showerheads must be Ultra low-flush (2.5 gal per minute).

 

On Older homes, specially if you have a duplex one unit occupied by tenants, you may have to upgrade the propriety to comply with current code, including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, access deficiencies, cracks and many other things dictated by code but you will only find out once an inspector knocks at your front door.

On Older homes, specially if you have a duplex one unit occupied by tenants, you may have to upgrade the propriety to comply with current code, including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, access deficiencies, cracks and many other things dictated by code but you will only find out once an inspector knocks at your front door.

SMOKE DETECTORS

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 13113.8

SMOKE DETECTORS ORDINANCE (F&SEU 3029\10-89).

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

Single family residences require battery operated smoke detectors.

Condominiums and Multi-family homes require hardwire smoke detectors.

 

When doing a fully ADA compliant bathroom, City inspectors may not be familiar with all codes themselves, so it is imperative to have us oversee all inspections and discuss code case-by-case with the inspector before he writes any perceived violation on their system, because once it is in, it's a nightmare to have it overruled.

When doing a fully ADA compliant bathroom, City inspectors may not be familiar with all codes themselves, so it is imperative to have us oversee all inspections and discuss code case-by-case with the inspector before he writes any perceived violation on their system, because once it is in, it’s a nightmare to have it overruled.

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.

 

IMPACT HAZARD GLAZING

L.A. ORDINANCE 161.136

All sliding glass doors (sliding portion only) that are not tempered glass must be replaced or have a mylar coating applied to make them the equivalent to being tempered glass.

 

SEISMIC GAS SHUT-OFF VALVE

L. A. ORDINANCE 174343

Effective February 02, 2002:

In recognition of the ordinance’s important public safety purpose, the City of Los Angeles, has amended section 94.1219.2.3 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code by deleting the phrase “within 12 months of sale” and inserting in it’s place “prior to entering into an agreement of sale, or prior to the close of escrow when an escrow agreement has been executed in connection with the sale.” This new ordinance (No. 174343) requiring Seismic Gas Shut-Off valves be installed “prior to the close of escrow” was adopted on November 7, 2001 and will become effective February 02, 2002.

Effective February 11, 2002:

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has authorized Southern California Gas Co. to discontinue ALL installation of automatic Earthquake Gas Shut-Off Valves (EQV’s) on its side of the meter, whether performed by SoCalGas or by others. As of February 11, 2002, this will require all EQV’s be installed on the property owners side of the meter, a city permit will be required for each installation and the gas supply will be disrupted during installation. The new guidelines will result in a slight price increase for standard installations, rising from $249 to $299. But the magnitude of these changes will be felt by owners of condominiums and multi-family dwellings. On or before February 10, 2002, we are able to install one EQV on the utility side for each bank of meters. After February 10, 2002, a separate valve must be installed for each meter dramatically increasing the price.

 

On ADA compliant showers, a dam step is not necessary, but recently we noticed that inspectors noted that as a violation! Go figure, how would a wheel chair roll in the shower area? We had to look up the rules and discuss it with the inspector in order to proceed with the build.

On ADA compliant showers, a dam step is not necessary, but recently we noticed that inspectors noted that as a violation! Go figure, how would a wheel chair roll in the shower area? We had to look up the rules and discuss it with the inspector in order to proceed with the build.

CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS

SMOKE DETECTORS

AMENDED UBC 310.9.1.3

Single family homes, Condos and Multi-family homes all require hardwire smoke detectors w/ battery back-up.

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

 

We were hired to assist a homeowner in the city of Santa Monica, CA to acquire permits to repair the access bridge from the street to their front door. Code states that nothing can be built within 20 feet from their front property line. What a conundrum, that is the ONLY access to their front door. So We had to intercede with the Planning department and look up the exceptions of the rules to legally acquire a permit to repair that structure.  A few thousand dollars in City fees and applications later, they have the only legal bridge at a front yard in Santa Monica.

We were hired to assist a homeowner in the city of Santa Monica, CA to acquire permits to repair the access bridge from the street to their front door. Code states that nothing can be built within 20 feet from their front property line. What a conundrum, that is the ONLY access to their front door. So we had to intercede with the Planning Department and look up the exceptions of the rules to legally acquire a permit to repair that structure. A few thousand dollars in City fees and applications later, they have the only legal bridge at a front yard in Santa Monica.

 

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.
WATER HEATER STRAPPING

 

 

CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD

 

SMOKE DETECTORS

BUILDING CODE 8110

Single family homes, Condos and Multi-family homes all require battery operated smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

 

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.

 

SEISMIC GAS SHUT-OFF VALVE

ORDINANCE 01-592

An ordinance of the City of West Hollywood amending the plumbing code to require the installation of approved seismic gas shut-off valves in certain structures and amending the West Hollywood municipal code.

 

CITY OF MALIBU

 

SMOKE DETECTORS

Single family homes, Condos and Multi-family homes all require battery operated smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

 

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

 

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.

 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

 

SMOKE DETECTORS

UPS 310.9

Single family homes, Condos and Multi-family homes all require battery operated smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

 

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.

 

CITY OF INGLEWOOD

 

SMOKE DETECTORS

UNIFORM BUILDING CODE SECTION 115

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

Single family homes require battery operated smoke detectors.

Condo’s and Multi-family homes require hardwire smoke detectors.

 

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.

 

CITY OF GLENDALE

 

SMOKE DETECTORS

UPS 310.9

Single family homes, Condos and Multi-family homes all require battery operated smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

 

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.

 

CITY OF BURBANK

 

SMOKE DETECTORS

UPC 310.9

Single family homes, Condos and Multi-family homes all require battery operated smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are required in sleeping areas (defined as a room with a closet) and all areas giving access to those sleeping areas (hallways).

 

WATER HEATER STRAPPING

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 19211

All water heaters must have 2 straps located as per section 510.5 of the uniform plumbing code ( Top 1/3 and Bottom 1/3 at least 4″ from controls.

Brackets must be installed according to manufactures instructions and the DSA approval number must be stamped on the strap.

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Handyman installs smoke alarms hard wired to comply with current Los Angeles Codes.

A fire smoke alarm has the function of warning anyone within a hearing range of the possibility of fire. When any smoke detector sounds, we should take it very seriously and immediately investigate the source of smoke.

Photoelectric smoke alarms rely on the smoke to break the light beam in order to set off the alarm.

 

Many malfunctions or undesired beeping sounds can be corrected by reading the smoke detector instructions. One of the most common problems is the smoke alarm are the batteries that go bad. Carbon monoxide detectors also have the same problem, every so often you have to replace the batteries otherwise it will start beeping.

 

Smoke detectors locations are to be inside sleeping rooms, adjacent to sleeping areas and other important locations that, in case of fire, would warn the residents. We are specialists in smoke detector location code. The Ultimate Handyman can help you with code compliance when it comes to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

A monoxide detector is also a great safety device to have, specially when installed in the garage areas or underground parking.  Carbon monoxide smoke alarms detect the excessive amount of carbon monoxide in the air.  Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Carbon Monoxide doesn’t smell or looks like smoke, so you cannot tell when you are been poisoned by carbon monoxide. So a carbon monoxide detector can save your life!

 

We can help you with smoke detector placement, smoke detector wiring, failure with Kidde smoke detectors, alternative location of smoke detectors, selection of smoke alarms, and other smoke detector code requirements.

 

Smoke detector codes are not simple and we can give you a hand if you cannot handle it. Give us a call and we will help you with smoke detectors installation, carbon monoxide installation, how to replace a smoke detector and other smoke detector questions and requirements.