Development Services

Permit Center

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 fourth floor. In order to make your visit as seamless as possible, we’ve broken down the services provided at each of our counters below:

Information
This is your first stop when you visit our Center. Here, you will be directed to the appropriate service counter that will help you. 

Planning
This station provides information regarding regulations governing how a property can be used as well as the minimum zoning standards for development are supplied.

Business License
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. 

Building
Permits and plans for all building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical construction on private property are issued are processed at this counter.

Fire
This counter processes plans for installations involving the use or handling of highly flammable materials, large occupancy facilities, and high-rise buildings.

Health
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.

Public Works/Utilities: (City Hall, 10th floor)
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.

Cashier
You can pay your fees at this station. Need to know how much a certain fees cost? Visit our fee schedule.

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.
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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.
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  • 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 Internet Permitting Request Service is available to licensed California contractors who have a pre-authorized PIN and frequently perform simple construction projects in Long Beach.
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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.
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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, 4th floor.