Development Services

Planning

Thoughtful and effective planning enables a city to grow responsibly while providing the community with a variety of opportunities to live, work, and enjoy an environment. Good planning plays a vital role in shaping the future of Long Beach by providing the perfect balance of new development, community preservation, essential services, and economic growth.  

The Development Services Planning Team ensures that all developments in the City, both big and small, are smart, safe, and make the best sense for the community. Our team works with the Mayor and City Council, various City departments, developers, engineers, design professionals, neighborhood groups, residents, and business owners to create more safe and livable neighborhoods. We work to ensure that our roads can accommodate traffic flows, that open spaces are encouraged and neighborhoods have adequate parks and playgrounds, that residents can find good jobs close to home, and that everyone has a chance to live in a safe, high-quality, and affordable place.

As the needs of the diverse Long Beach population continue to grow and change, Development Services is committed to working with the community to ensure that the Long Beach of tomorrow is the best that it can be. With projects such as the Long Beach 2040 update, we are always looking toward the future while still honoring the City’s past. The Planning Team looks forward to working with you on your next project and bringing your vision to fruition. 

PLANNING COMMUNITY EVENTS & MEETINGS

Zoning Administrator Hearing

Mon, Jul 22, 2019
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 7th Floor Conference Room
2:00 PM
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Planning Commission Meeting

Thu, Aug 01, 2019
333 W. Ocean Blvd., Council Chamber
5:00 PM
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Zoning Administrator Hearing

Mon, Aug 12, 2019
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 7th Floor Conference Room
2:00 PM
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Cultural Heritage Commission Meeting

Mon, Aug 12, 2019
333 W. Ocean Blvd., Council Chamber
5:00 PM
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Planning Commission Meeting

Thu, Aug 15, 2019
333 W. Ocean Blvd., Council Chamber
5:00 PM
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Planning Community Events

Planning Community Events
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SERVICES

Development Projects Map

Planning Entitlement Process

Forms & Applications

Historic Preservation

Planning Initiatives & Programs

Zoning/Permitted Uses

HOW DO I?

To apply for a business license or to get answers to questions about starting a business in Long Beach, visit the Business License page or check out the City’s new Business Portal.
First, we will need to determine the type of permit that is needed for your project. For more information on the different type of permits offered, click on one of the links below:
Planning Permit 
Online Permitting 
Building Permitting
Publications
In accordance with State law, the Long Beach City Council adopted an ADU Ordinance to enable the construction of ADUs in many residential zones within the City. To begin, you will need to determine if your property qualifies for an ADU. For more information about ADUs and the permitting process for these projects, visit the ADU webpage.
Before getting started on a project, talk with our Planning staff to find out what planning and environmental permits may be required. Call (562) 570-6194 or visit the Development Permit Center located at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., 4th floor.
 
Helpful Resources:

Restaurant Permitting Guidelines Brochure
Retail Permitting Guidelines Brochure
Office Permitting Guidelines Brochure

Forms and Applications
To find information on your zoning, please call the Planning and Zoning hotline at (562) 570-6194. To find information on City services as well as other points of interest in Long Beach, view MapIt.