Development Services

Building & Safety

Our team of more than 65 building safety experts works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the safety of our residents. In addition to making sure that buildings are in compliance with State and local building codes, we assist developers with new projects to help them meet our strict safety standards. That includes ensuring that buildings are structurally sound and have reliable fire prevention and suppression systems, as well as stable plumbing and mechanical systems. Safety is our main priority, and we provide it with one eye on energy efficiency and sustainability for the future of our City.

To help balance the City’s budget during this economic downturn, Development Services will be closed on alternating Fridays for staff furloughs (unpaid time off). During these furlough days, our Department's regular services, including inspections, will be unavailable. To see a schedule of impacted service days, visit longbeach.gov/furlough.


 MODIFIED OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 and the closure of our City Hall Development Permit Center, we are experiencing longer than usual response and processing times for service requests by phone and email. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Development Permit Center is accepting email applications for Express Permits, for construction projects that do not need a plan check, as well as Permits for minor or small-scale projects.

View the Development Permit Application

The completed permit application, along with any required construction documents, can be emailed in PDF format (less than 75 MB) to DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.

For detailed information about the types of projects and their various requirements, please visit: Minor/Small-Scale Project Plan Check Service.

For further instruction on how to email projects or information about a pending application, please contact staff at 562.570.6499 or email DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.

NOTICE:

Contractors registered on the City’s Online Permitting System can continue with project submittals as before.

Those seeking Express Permits should indicate so on the subject line when submitting their application emails. For this express service, some or all of the following materials are needed:

To obtain information or questions about building permit records or status, please also visit the permit status page.

The Development Permit Center is accepting email applications for moderate- to medium-sized projects.

View the Development Permit Application

The completed applications, along with the required construction documents, can be emailed in flattened PDF format (less than 5 GB) to: DV-EPlan-Submit@longbeach.gov.

For further instruction on how to email applications for moderate- to medium-sized projects, please visit the Electronic Plan Check page.

For information about a pending application, please contact staff at 562.570.6499 or email to: DV-EPlan-Submit@longbeach.gov.

To obtain information or questions about building permit records or status, please also visit the permit status page.

Applicants who receive email/phone notices regarding their plans have the option to schedule an appointment to pick them up in person at our pickup station located in the City Hall Plaza.

City staff will be available to coordinate the pickups and will be adhering to social distancing guidelines. Masks are required, and hand sanitizers will be made available.

Plans from other Departments will not get bundled together for pickup unless requested by the applicant.

LOCATION: Long Beach Civic Center Plaza, 411 W. Ocean Blvd. Tables and signs will be posted.

PICKUP STATION DAYS/TIMES: Tuesdays & Thursdays, between 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 562.570.7648 (PMIT) during business hours.

Our goal is to have staff review them within 24 hours, but in some cases, it may take several days. The following is our anticipated general schedule to notify applicants and process their various types of service requests:

  • Project Submittal Intake: 5 to 15 business days
  • Project Status Check and Other General Inquiries: 1 to 5 business days
  • Project Plan Check/Review (depending on complexity and type of project): 2 to 6 weeks
  • Permit Issuance: 5 to 15 business days
  • Inspection Request: 1 to 2 business days
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

SERVICES AND RESOURCES

Permit Center

Plan Review

Inspections

Information Bulletins

Fee Schedule

Building Code Standards

HOW DO I?

To check the status of your building permit, you may search the City’s Permit Status or contact the Development Permit Center at (562) 570-5237.
The Building and Safety Bureau works to safeguard public health, safety, and property through the plan check, permit, and inspection processes. To find out if a permit is needed for your building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical project, go to the Do I need a permit? page or contact us at (562) 570 (5237). 
A permit is not required for any type of fence under four feet in height above grade pursuant to Section 18.04.020 of the Long Beach Municipal Code. Please note that even though a permit may not be required, all fences must comply with the requirements of the Long Beach zoning regulation

More information on constructing or installing fences and walls.

Building permit fees are calculated based on the valuation of a project. For information on how permit fees are accessed, refer to Section 18.06.010 of the Long Beach Municipal Code.
Development Services Fee Schedule.

A grading permit shall be obtained from the City’s Building Official for any grading work, except as specified in the following cases:

  • Grading in an isolated, self-contained area, provided there is no danger to the public, and that such grading will not adversely affect adjoining properties.
  • An excavation below finished grade for basements and footings of a building, retaining wall, or other structure authorized by a valid building permit.
  • Cemetery graves.
  • Refuse disposal sites controlled by other regulations.
  • Excavation for wells or tunnels or utilities which do not provide vertical or lateral support for buildings, or adversely impact the safety or stability of private or public properties.
  • Mining, quarrying, excavating, processing or stockpiling rock, sand, gravel, aggregate or clay controlled by other regulations, provided such operations do not affect the lateral support of, or significantly increase stresses in, soil on adjoining properties.
  • Exploratory excavations performed under the direction of a registered design professional.
  • An excavation which is less than two feet in depth, or does not create a cut slope greater than five feet in height and steeper than a 50% slope. This exception shall not apply to cut which exceeds 50 cubic yards or which changes the existing drainage pattern.
  • A fill less than one foot in depth and placed on natural terrain with a slope flatter than 10%. This exception shall not apply when the fill exceeds 50 cubic yards or when the fill changes the existing drainage pattern.
  • Excavation for caissons or piles under buildings or structures, swimming pools, or underground structures that are authorized by valid building permits.

A permit is valid for two years from the date issued, provided that any permit shall expire after 180 days from the the date of issuance if the work has not commenced, or when the City’s Building Official determines the work authorized by any permit has been suspended, discontinued or abandoned for a continuous period of 180 days.

Plan check applications expire 12 months after the plan check fees are paid, pursuant to Section 18.05.060 of the Long Beach Municipal Code.

A
 Plan Check Extension Form, can be filed to extend a permit application within 30 days of its expiration. Applicants must provide sufficient evidence that circumstances beyond their control prevented action to secure the permit within the allotted time and submit a filing fee of $241.55 in person at the Development Permit Center.

Financial hardship, contracting issues with design professionals or contractors, or seasonal weather conditions are typically not adequate reasons for the granting of an extension. 
To request copies of building permits for your property, you may search the City’s Building Permit Records, or contact the Development Permit Center at (562) 570-5237.
In a post-disaster situation, Building and Safety's Disaster Assessment staff is responsible for evaluating buildings and businesses for safety, serviceability, and occupancy.

Learn more about emergency preparedness.

HOW WE'RE DOING

2020 Building & Safety Bureau Quarterly Report
       
Staff for the Bureau -- which works to ensure that buildings are safe, sustainable and structurally sound -- responded to 8,338 phone calls for plan checks and completed reviews of 618 projects.  A total of 1,507 permits were issued and 10,825 residential &commercial inspections were conducted.