Development Services

Permit Center

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 those seeking simple Express Permits and other permits for construction that do not need a plan check review. Examples of simple Express projects are water heater replacements, electrical service or heating upgrades, window replacements, re-roof, etc. View the Development Permit Application

The front page of the permit application has information about the application process and instructions on how to fill it out, including details about our email submittal system, the number of required pages and specifics about when to use the following special forms/materials:

A completed application, which should indicate Express Permit in the subject line, along with any required documents when requested by staff, can be emailed in PDF format (less than 75 MB) to DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.

For help on submitting your application or information about an application that was previously submitted, please contact our Permit Center staff at 562-570-PMIT (7648) or email DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR CONTRACTORS:

Contractors who are registered on the City’s Online Permitting System can continue with project submittals as before. 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 and construction documents for construction projects that need a plan check.

A completed permit application, along with the construction documents, must be converted into PDF (less than 75MB) and emailed to DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov to begin the plan intake process (herein referred to as EOTC).

View the Development Permit Application

For the relevant details and instructions on how to prepare your construction documents and the pertinent information that is required, please go to Plan Review Services

For the relevant details and instructions on how to submit projects through the EOTC process, please go to Project Plan Submittal and Review Service.
Applicants who receive email/phone notices regarding their plans have the option to schedule an appointment to pick them up in person in front of the main lobby area of City Hall.

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

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.

PICKUP STATION DAYS/TIMES: 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: 2 to 4 weeks
  • Project Status Check and Other General Inquiries: 1 to 2 weeks
  • Project Fee Collection: 3 to 5 business days
  • Building Plan Check (depending on complexity, volume submitted, and type of project): 8 to 11 weeks
  • Fire Plan Check (depending on complexity, volume submitted, and type of project): 5 to 7 weeks
  • Planning Plan Check (depending on complexity, volume submitted, and type of project): 2 to 5 weeks
  • Electric Plan Check: 5 to 7 weeks
  • Plumbing Plan Check: 2 to 4 weeks
  • Mechanical Plan Check: 3 to 5 weeks
  • Permit Issuance: 2 to 5 weeks
  • Building/Subtrade Inspection Request: 1 to 2 business days

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.


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 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

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.