Development Services

Permit Center

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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.

In regard to emails, 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
  • Fee Collection, 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

Details on our modified procedures for plan pickups, plan submittals/permit issuances, and building inspections can be found below. 

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Development Permit Center will begin providing limited services for the pick up of plans by appointment only, as follows:

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

WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays, between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

WHO: For applicants to pick up corrected plans or for applicants to pick up approved plans after they pay all applicable permit fees.

HOW: As soon as plans are reviewed or approved, staff will contact applicants with instructions via email/phone on pickup procedures. Applicant’s will need to schedule an appointment to pick up plans.  City staff will be available at the tables to coordinate the pickups, and will be adhering to social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizers will be made available.  Plans from other Departments will not get bundled together for pickup unless requested by the applicant.

For information and appointments, please call 562.570.7648 (PMIT) during business hours.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Development Permit Center will begin accepting construction documents for minor or small scale projects in PDF format (less than 75 MB). A completed permit application along with the construction documents can be emailed to DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov. For relevant details and instructions regarding submittals, visit the Minor Project Plan Check Service page.

  • Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, the Development Permit Center will begin accepting electronic construction documents for moderate to medium size projects in flattened PDF format (less than 5 GB). A completed permit application along with the electronic construction documents in flattened PDF format can be forwarded to the City staff for their uploading to the City’s Electronic Plan (E-Plan) Check system.  For instruction on how to upload projects, please contact staff at 562.570.7086 or DV-EPlan-Submit@longbeach.gov. For relevant details and instructions regarding submittals, visit the Electronic Plan Service page.

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

  • Express permits (no plan check required), can be issued by emailing applications and other documents to DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov. Subject Line: Express Permit. For express service, some or all of the following materials are needed:

  • To obtain information or questions about building permit records or status, please visit the Permit Records/Status page.

The City building inspection team will continue to provide services for residential and commercial projects requested within 24 hours. However, extra degrees of precaution will be taken to protect the public as well as inspectors, such as:

  • Avoiding handshaking
  • Asking if there is anyone sick on the property or project prior to starting the inspection
  • Exercising proper social distancing during the inspection
For more details, please call 562.570.7648 (PMIT) during business hours.

You can submit permit-related documents and find all the resources you may need at our Development Permit Center, located at City Hall on the 2nd floor. In order to make your visit as seamless as possible, we’ve broken down the services provided at each of our counters below:
Permits and plans for all building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical construction on private property are issued are processed at this counter.
This station accepts applications for business licenses and various regulatory permits required by the Long Beach Municipal Code. Visit the City’s Business License page for additional information.
You can pay your fees at this station. Need to know how much a certain fees cost? Visit our fee schedule.
This counter processes plans for installations involving the use or handling of highly flammable materials, large occupancy facilities, and high-rise buildings.
The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department is located at 2525 Grand Ave. They are responsible for reviewing plans for food facilities and can answer questions related to food facility projects in the City. For more information, contact the department at (562) 570-4132. 
This is your first stop when you visit our Center. Here, you will be directed to the appropriate service counter that will help you. 
This station provides information regarding regulations governing how a property can be used as well as the minimum zoning standards for development are supplied. 
This station issues permits for road excavations, curb installations, and other construction within the public right-of-way. This station also provides information on water, sewer, and gas line locations. Sewer connection permits are also issued at this counter. Visit the Long Beach Public Works Department page for more information.
We've developed easy-to-follow brochures to help guide you through the permitting process of opening up a restaurant, retail, or office business in Long Beach.
View brochures.
Need help navigating the process of starting a business? Try our new business portal website.
To ensure that minimum safety requirements and standards are met, the Building and Safety Bureau requires that most building construction activities – including alterations, replacements, and repair work – obtain proper permits and inspections through the City.
More information.
  • Monday, Tuesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday, Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm

For more information about building and permits, please call the Development Permit Center at (562) 570-PMIT(7648).

If you are a California licensed contractor who frequently performs simple construction projects in Long Beach, you may be eligible for our Internet Permitting Request service. More information.
Our Online Permitting Request Service is available to licensed California contractors who have a pre-authorized PIN and frequently perform simple construction projects in Long Beach.

To view permit records for a property, go to the Permit Records page. 

To check on the status of a permit, go to the Permit Status inquiry page. 

For questions about a building permit records or status, please call us at (562) 570-LBDS (5237), or visit the Development Permit Center, City Hall, 2nd floor.

The City offers express permitting services to encourage the installation of rooftop solar PV systems in order to generate renewable energy, provide stable electricity, and reduce pollution. More information.