Playing an essential role in shaping the city’s future, the Bureau processed and completed 143 historic preservation cases, conducted 37 project approvals and assisted 2,800 customers on the Bureau’s Zoning Information Line. The Bureau also held eight community outreach events.
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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.
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, City Hall, including the Development Permit Center and Neighborhood Resource Center, remains closed to the public until further notice.
City staff will continue serving customers on the Zoning Hotline at 562.570.6194 and ongoing website updates of projects received will continue without change.
The following services will continue under a modified format:
- Plan checks (via PDF email), entitlement submittals (via Webex video conference appointment with City Planner, and Dropbox PDF)
- Planning Commission and Cultural Heritage Commission meetings (via Webex video conference)
- Public noticing and site posting of proposed developments (via staff in lieu of applicants)
- Starting Monday, March 23, Zoning Administrator hearings will continue as regularly scheduled with a modified format.
- Final inspections and project sign-off (which will require health precautionary measures taken by staff in the field)
Services that are temporarily unavailable include:
- In-person meetings
- Staff presence at outreach or community meetings
- Walk audits
- Acceptance of paper applications
For more details, please call 562.570.6194 during business hours.
New Development Permit Center Hours
The Permit Center is now operating under new business hours online and via phone and email. In-person services remain unavailable due to City Hall closure.
Drive-Through Design Guidelines Now AvailableNews
The City has developed new guidelines for drive-through facilities to address development impacts, operational elements, site and built design elements, and safety.
View the New Development Projects MapNews
Long Beach publiCity is the City’s new online interactive mapping tool for the public to see and learn about major development projects happening around Long Beach.
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