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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.
HOW WE'RE DOING
Building a Better Long Beach
NEW CALIFORNIA BUILDING STANDARDS CODE CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2020
Beginning on January 1, 2020, Long Beach Development Services (LBDS) is required by State law to enforce the 2019 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (also known as Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations). All projects submitted before or on December 31, 2019, are permitted to comply with the 2016 Edition of the California Building Standards Code.
New Development Permit Center Opening on Tuesday, July 30
We’re moving! Be sure to visit us at the new Long Beach City Hall located at 411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor, for all of your permitting needs!
Ladder Safety Requirements
Learn about State-mandated ladder safety requirements before scheduling your next inspection appointment with the City.
HOW DO I?
More information on constructing or installing fences and walls.
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.
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.
Development Permit Center
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333 West Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 570-LBDS (5237)
Fax: (562) 570-6075